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Principal Preparation: The Case of Novice Principals in Turkey

Principal Preparation: The Case of Novice Principals in Turkey
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Author(s): Kadir Beycioglu (Dokuz Eylul University, Turkey) and Helen Wildy (University of Western Australia, Australia)
Copyright: 2015
Pages: 17
Source title: Multidimensional Perspectives on Principal Leadership Effectiveness
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Kadir Beycioglu (Dokuz Eylul University, Turkey) and Petros Pashiardis (Open University of Cyprus, Cyprus)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-6591-0.ch001

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Abstract

This chapter reports quantitative and qualitative survey data from Turkey as part of a larger International Study of Principal Preparation (ISPP) that examines the utility of principal preparation programs for novice principals in 13 contexts to find out what lessons can be learnt from each context. Conducted in 2010, this study sought responses from 123 principals in their first three years of appointment to identify the challenges they faced and the extent to which they perceived they were adequately prepared to face these challenges. The findings indicated that, although the participants perceived early years of principalship as challenging work, they felt that they were ready for these challenges, despite the emphasis on theory over practice in their preparation programs. Interestingly, principals who reported having greater than 10 years as assistant principals felt less adequately prepared than did their colleagues who had spent fewer than 10 years as assistant principals.

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