The faith leadership role of the principal : What the research suggests

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Neidhart, Helga. (2014). The faith leadership role of the principal : What the research suggests. In In Engebretson, Kathleen (Ed.). Catholic schools and the future of the Church pp. 143-161 Bloomsbury Academic.
AuthorsNeidhart, Helga
EditorsEngebretson, Kathleen
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[Extract] There is no person or role more vital to the Catholic mission and identity of a school than is that of its principal. If the contention of this book – that Catholic schools are key to the survival and development of the Church – is true, the issue of the faith leadership of principals in Catholic schools must be considered. There are strong expectations in Church documents, diocesan policy and specific role descriptions that the principal will take responsibility for the development of the school as a faith community. At the same time, researchers have for some time agreed that the principal is able to influence and shape culture within schools in ways beyond other school personnel or external bodies (Deal and Peterson, 2003; Grint, 2003; Lingard, Hayes, Mills and Christie, 2003). However, it is also understood that principal leadership in the changing socio-cultural context is more often than not quite challenging (Day, 2007). Likewise, faith leadership, as a dimension of principal leadership in Catholic schools, has proved to be no less so.

Page range143-161
Year2014
Book titleCatholic schools and the future of the Church
PublisherBloomsbury Academic
Place of publicationNew York, NY
London, United Kingdom
New Delhi, India
Sydney, NSW
ISBN9781623561666
9781623560829
Web address (URL)https://ebookcentral.proquest.com/lib/acu/detail.action?docID=1609901
Research GroupSchool of Education
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