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dc.contributor.advisorNotman, Geoffrey Ross
dc.contributor.advisorMorrison, Hugh
dc.contributor.authorRobertson, Sylvia Margaret
dc.date.available2017-04-04T20:55:57Z
dc.date.copyright2017
dc.identifier.citationRobertson, S. M. (2017). Principal Perceptions of Self and Change: A New Zealand Case Study (Thesis, Doctor of Philosophy). University of Otago. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/10523/7257en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10523/7257
dc.description.abstractSchool principals develop various attitudes and attributes so as to manage complex change processes. As they implement change, they are themselves changed. This research explores how leadership of change management in schools influences transformation of professional identity. A qualitative methodology is used, underpinned by a constructivist theoretical framework with a multiple case study approach. Four school leaders, each with two significant others, were purposively selected from New Zealand primary schools. Drawing on identity theory and in particular symbolic interactionism, four aspects of self were identified that help explain how identity is transformed through enactment of various leadership roles. The four aspects of self, described as thinking, acting, feeling and believing, then inform a model to enhance understanding of the role of the self in educational leadership. This study is significant in that it explores a lesser-researched area of experienced principal development. Personal and professional practices perceived by principals to be important for their continuing development as leaders are identified. Insight is provided into both the transitory nature of identity and the more constant aspects of self. The findings have implications for leadership training, mentoring and support of school leaders, and may inform policy and practice in schools leading to improved change management processes.
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dc.language.isoen
dc.publisherUniversity of Otago
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dc.subjectidentity
dc.subjectchange
dc.subjectschool principals
dc.subjectNew Zealand
dc.subjectleadership
dc.titlePrincipal Perceptions of Self and Change: A New Zealand Case Study
dc.typeThesis
dc.date.updated2017-04-04T06:04:00Z
dc.language.rfc3066en
thesis.degree.disciplineCollege of Education
thesis.degree.nameDoctor of Philosophy
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Otago
thesis.degree.levelDoctoral
otago.openaccessOpen
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