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‘Working in the dark’: principals and the law

Trimble, AJ 2018 , '‘Working in the dark’: principals and the law' , Leading and Managing, vol. 24, no. 1 , pp. 16-32 .

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This article outlines findings from recent doctoral research concerning the impact of legal issues on Tasmanian Government, Catholic and Independent school principals.The mixed methods study collected data through a survey of practising school principals aswell as interviews with principals, principal supervisors, senior system leaders, educationaladministrators and an education lawyer.The study focused on principals’ legal literacy (encompassing the legal areas they deal with, accuracy of their legal knowledge and confidence in that knowledge, and sources of their legal information) and legal consciousness; the legal context faced by principals; negative impacts of their legal dealings, and ways in which their legal supports might be improved.This research has produced new findings of importance for education law and the principalship. It is the first of its type in Australia to begin to address the legal experiences ofprincipals of Independent schools, together with their colleagues from other systems, andprovides a more complete perspective on issues through a synthesis of varying informedviewpoints.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Trimble, AJ
Keywords: education law, principals and the law, legal environment of schools
Journal or Publication Title: Leading and Managing
Publisher: The Australian Council for Educational Leaders
ISSN: 1329-4539
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