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Title: Leadership in Australian Rural Schools: Bush Track, Fast Track
Contributor(s): Graham, Lorraine (author); Miller, Judith Anne  (author); Paterson, David Leonard  (author)
Publication Date: 2008
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Abstract: Due to the difficulties inherent in staffing rural schools it is increasingly common for beginning teachers to fill school leadership roles early in their careers. The accelerated progression of some teachers impacts on the overall nature of leadership in rural schools and creates unique pathways, generally different from those available to teachers who work in large urban centres, that fast-track individuals from student teacher to beginning teacher to school leader. This paper draws on interviews with eight early career educators to focus on their experiences of leadership in rural schools. Quotes from participants illustrate our discussion of the core categories that emerged from the data. Specifically, the themes of Access to Leadership Opportunities and the Nexus of Personal and Professional serve to construct an understanding of the challenges that accompany teachers' early transition to school leadership roles.
Publication Type: Conference Publication
Conference Name: Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association - Research on Schools, Neighborhoods and Communities: Toward Civic Responsibility, New York, United States of America, 24th - 28th March, 2008
Source of Publication: Presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA) p.on line
Publisher: ERIC: Education Resources Information Center
Place of Publication: Online
Field of Research (FOR): 130313 Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: E1 Refereed Scholarly Conference Publication
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