Successful School Leadership: Victorian Case Studies

By David Mark Gurr and Lawrie Drysdale.

Published by The Learner Collection

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This paper reports upon findings from three multiple-perspective case studies of successful principals leading successful schools in Victoria, Australia. A government primary school, government special school and a Catholic primary school principal are the subjects of the case studies. Each principal was described as making a significant difference to the quality of education in his or her school. They were seen as the engine rooms that powered their schools’ success. It was evident that these principals had both a sophisticated and clear view of their leadership, with instructional, transformational and contingent forms of leadership most obvious. Whilst all had different personalities and interpersonal style, all were well regarded by their communities for the way they related to people.

International Journal of Learning, Volume 10. Article: Print (Spiral Bound), ISSN: 1447-9494, LC03-0079-2003. Article: Electronic (PDF File; 420.999KB), ISSN: 1447-9540, LC03-0079-2003.

Dr. David Mark Gurr

Dr David Gurr is a lecturer in Educational Administration at the University of Melbourne. He has current research interests in school leadership, school accountability, and the application of management information systems to schools and school systems. He has completed major research on school leadership, school charters, and principal perceptions of the Schools of the Future reform. Part of David’s current work involves the coordination of a team of verifiers involved in the Victorian school review process. Prior to working at the University he worked as a research officer for the Department of Education, prior to this he held a range of teaching and administration positions in secondary schools including faculty and year level coordination. David has worked for three years as a student counsellor, has been registered as a Psychologist in the State of Victoria and is a member of the Australian Psychological Society. He is a member of the committee of the Victorian branch of the Australian Council of Educational Administration and serves as the chair of the publications committee for ACEA nationally. He is the editor of the ACEA publications Hot Topics and Leading and Managing.

Dr. Lawrie Drysdale

Lawrie Drysdale is a senior lecturer in Educational Administration in the Education Faculty at the University of Melbourne. He lectures in organisational behaviour, leadership, human resource management and marketing in education. His research focus is marketing in education and school leadership. Part of Lawrie’s work is conducting school reviews with the Education Departments in Victoria. Currently he is a director on the board of the Australian Principals Centre. He also conducts consultancies and workshop for both local and overseas educational groups


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