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Title: Accelerated Leadership in Rural Schools
Contributor(s): Graham, Lorraine (author); Miller, Judith A (author); Paterson, David L (author)
Publication Date: 2015
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Abstract: Due to the difficulties inherent in staffing rural schools in Australia, it is increasingly common for beginning teachers to fill school leadership roles early in their careers. The purpose of this chapter is to explore the accelerated progression of some early-career teachers who have been offered leadership opportunities in rural schools. Results are drawn from seven semi-structured interviews with early-career educators that focused on their experiences of leadership opportunities in rural Australian schools. Quotes from participants illustrate the discussion of the core themes that emerged from the data. Specifically, the themes of Access to Leadership Opportunities and the Nexus of Personal and Professional serve to construct important understandings of the challenges that can accompany teachers' early transition to school leadership roles. By engaging with the challenges presented by rural contexts, it appeared that many of the teachers interviewed in this study were taking a 'fast track' to personal and professional growth, as well as school leadership. This paper describes some of the challenges of early school leadership and provides valuable information to inform staffing decisions and policy matters.
Publication Type: Book Chapter
Source of Publication: Bush Tracks: The Opportunities and Challenges of Rural Teaching and Leadership, p. 91-103
Publisher: Sense Publishers
Place of Publication: Rotterdam, The Netherlands
ISBN: 9789463000970
Field of Research (FOR): 130199 Education systems not elsewhere classified
139999 Education not elsewhere classified
130299 Curriculum and Pedagogy not elsewhere classified
HERDC Category Description: B1 Chapter in a Scholarly Book
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