Autonomy, Accountability, and Principals’ Work: An Australian Study

Project: Research

Project Description

This project is a large-scale national study of Australian public secondary schools which examines:
1. The implications of autonomy for the work, wellbeing, recruitment, and support and retention of principals
2. The impact principals feel autonomy is having on their ability to lead for improved student outcomes

Proposed Research Questions

RQ1 What is autonomy and how does it play out in different states / territories and different school contexts? (for example: advantaged or disadvantaged schools, high and low performing schools based on school improvement data)
RQ2 How do notions of / the ‘promise of’ autonomy shape the work of principals today? (Includes a focus on workload, retention, and wellbeing)
RQ3 How does different levels of autonomy impact on principals’ leadership for improved student outcomes?
RQ4 What perceptions of autonomy do Departmental staff have and how does this affect their work with, and support of, principals?
RQ5 Is there a difference between how autonomy is perceived and taken up by new principals when compared with experienced principals?
RQ6 (Follow-up question for RQ5) How can we better support and prepare new principals to take up autonomy more confidently? What are the conditions that allow this to happen for experienced principals?
Short titleAPSA Heffernan 2019
StatusActive
Effective start/end date3/04/1930/11/19

Funding

  • Australian Secondary Principals Association Inc: AUD5,000.00