Above: Economist Dr Mick Coelli has possibly found the one thing that's been missing from research into what makes a great principal; that is, hard statistical evidence.
Working alongside PhD student Mike Helal, Coelli has come up with a numerical equation to describe, as its colloquially called: 'the principal effect'.
"Us economists we like to have nice solid evidence I guess, statistical evidence..." the University of Melbourne researcher shares."[We] said 'well, if principals matter, well how might they matter? What are the effective ones doing?'
"Again, us economists like data sets, rather than case studies ... so we were looking for how we might measure this stuff."
"We worked hard at trying to separate the effect of the principal from the effect of the school," Coelli says.The findings, released by the Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research, have confirmed the impact, both on staff morale and academic outcomes, that truly effective school leaders can have.
"Principals seemed to have a marked effect on student test scores, more on maths than reading..." Coelli reflects.
The economist says he has been led to believe that his research will be acted upon by education departments across Australia.
"They are using the results to inform principal training all over the country ... so that's pleasing!"
From: Education HQ
By Sarah Duggan
Published March 27, 2017
|Tags: Professional Development|