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Research project: Leadership preparation for FE college principals - Dormant

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Research aims: The study examines the leadership development experienced by Further Education (FE) college principals in England.


Research investigators: Justine Mercer (PI), Maria Kaparou (CI) and Phil Whitehead (CI)

Background: BELMAS Research Grant (2014)


Preliminary findings indicate that networking with senior FE leaders and reading journal articles are the two most popular development activities prior to appointment, followed in third place by mentoring from the existing college principal. Experiential forms of development -learning from experience- once in post, is highly rated in terms of both popularity and value.

Dissemination and impact:

i. Dissemination of project findings: BELMAS Conference 2015; SRHE Research Conference 2015; European Educational Research Association- ECER 2015.




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