Perceptions of Principal’s Role: Insider Perspectives, Change Over Time

  • Ciaran Sugrue
Part of the Studies in Educational Leadership book series (SIEL, volume 20)


As indicated in Chap.  1, the life histories of the principals in this study are re-constructed through a series of themes. In this chapter, the themes are parents and resources. These are contextualized against a backdrop of a changing Ireland on the one hand, and changing international discourses around schooling and school leadership on the other. Additionally, through a change over time perspective, the chapter indicates conjunctures and disjunctures in the lives and work of principals; their embrace of and resistance to a changing educational landscape, how they lead and how their leadership is shaped by the local context, national policy and international forces. This is one of two chapters where a strict reliance on cohorts is not followed for the following reasons. First, the voices of the veterans have more to say on the selected themes than more recently appointed principals, with the more recent participants less prominent, while the emphasis on continuity and change throughout is maintained. Second, this approach enables the reader to become acquainted with participants while not being overwhelmed by meeting all 16 at once.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ciaran Sugrue
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  1. 1.School of EducationUniversity College DublinBelfield, DublinIreland

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