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Title: Maltese secondary school heads in the making
Authors: Bezzina, Christopher
Cassar, Vincent
Keywords: Education, Secondary -- Malta
School principals -- Malta
Educational leadership -- Malta
Teachers -- In-service training -- Malta
Issue Date: 2003
Publisher: University of Malta. Faculty of Education
Citation: Bezzina, C., & Cassar, V. (2003). Maltese secondary school heads in the making. Journal of Maltese Education Research, 1(1), 119-141.
Abstract: The key purpose of this paper is to present the findings of the Maltese study which is part of a collective research project involving four island states: Cyprus, Hong Kong, Singapore and Malta. The views and perspectives that a small group of secondary school heads bring to their life and work are outlined. The study adopts a biographical/portrait-based approach to understanding headship and thus provides us with new insights into the growing literature in the field. As such the paper briefly explores the career paths of the heads interviewed and focuses on the first two stages of their personal and professional lives – formation and accession. The views of heads are represented and the issues and concerns identified with leading schools in times of change are outlined. The study shows that family, family experiences and the community have an important part to play in influencing the lives of prospective leaders. The study also highlights the link between vicarious learning, continuous professional development and personal reflection.
ISSN: 17269725
Appears in Collections:JMER, Volume 1, Issue 1

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