Date of Submission

11-2009

Abstract

This research explores the mission of the Catholic school and the role of the principal in a changing Catholic landscape.

The context of this research is set within a Catholic landscape of radical change. Declining allegiance to institutional Church and disintegration of parishes as a focal point for sacramental and community life are indicative of paradigmatic shifts in understandings of Catholic life. In spite of these changes, Australian Catholic schools continue to enjoy widespread popularity and steady growth in enrolments (McLaughlin, 2005; Smith, 2007). This changing Catholic landscape has implications for the way in which the Catholic school seeks to fulfil its mission and for the role of the Catholic school principal...

School/Institute

School of Educational Leadership

Document Type

Thesis

Access Rights

Open Access

Extent

298 pages

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Faculty

Faculty of Education

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