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Primary school leadership: understanding preparation in the Tóraíocht programme

McGuinness, Samuel J. and Cunningham, Verena (2015) Primary school leadership: understanding preparation in the Tóraíocht programme. Irish Educational Studies, 34 (2). pp. 207-223. [Journal article]

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URL: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/03323315.2015.1041271#abstract

DOI: 10.1080/03323315.2015.1041271


In the context of an impending global educational recruitment crisis, together with the recognition of the critical impact of effective leadership on educational outcome, leadership preparation has become a focus of educational reform worldwide. The design and delivery of pre-appointment prgrammes for school leadeship has significance for school effectiveness. In many countries a leadership qualification is now mandatory for aspiring principals. In the Republic of Ireland, Tóraíocht, a non-mandatory accredited programme of preparation for school leadership was introduced in 2008, adding to the various diplomas and degrees awarded through higher education institutions. Adopting a narrative-informed qualitative methodological approach, the aim of this research study was to examine whether Tóraíocht makes a difference to the perceived leadership competencies of the novice primary school principals (n = 12), six of whom has participated in Tóraíocht and six of whom had not. The main findings indicate certain favourable conclusions regarding the impact of the programme on graduates subsequently appointed to primary-level principalship positions, and positive attitudes towards the propoed introduction of a compulsory pre-appointment leadership qualification in the near future.

Item Type:Journal article
Keywords:leadership; primary schools; Ireland
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Education
Faculty of Social Sciences
Research Institutes and Groups:Institute for Research in Social Sciences > Education
Institute for Research in Social Sciences
ID Code:32383
Deposited By: Dr Sam McGuinness
Deposited On:05 Oct 2015 08:43
Last Modified:30 Oct 2017 14:08

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