Perspectives on identity: Being and becoming a head teacher

Michael Cowie, Megan Crawford

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This chapter draws on research undertaken in Scotland as part of an International Study of Principal Preparation (ISPP). The study is designed to address the question: How useful are preparation programmes to novice head teachers? The starting point for the study was a shared belief that head teacher preparation is a crucial aspect of school development and progression within the broader remit of children’s services, and that programmes of preparation should have positive outcomes for those who participate in them. Four assumptions guide the ISPP:• good leadership and management can be taught and nurtured; • the primary purpose of headship is to facilitate effective teaching and learning; • head teachers’ learning needs vary as they progress through their careers; • cross-cultural perspectives can inform theory and practice.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Transformation of Children's Services
Subtitle of host publicationExamining and Debating the Complexities of Inter/Professional Working
EditorsJoan Forbes, Cate Watson
PublisherTaylor and Francis - Balkema
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)9780203818411
ISBN (Print)9780415618496, 9780415618472
Publication statusPublished - 30 Sept 2011
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)
  • Health Professions(all)
  • Medicine(all)


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