The journey of a novice principal: her struggle to maintain subjective wellbeing and be spiritual school leader

Carter, Susan (2018) The journey of a novice principal: her struggle to maintain subjective wellbeing and be spiritual school leader. International Journal of Education, 10 (3). pp. 119-142.

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This paper contributes knowledge to the field of well-being studies, specifically as an example of how religious beliefs contribute to the maintenance of subjective wellbeing. The research study utilised a hermeneutical phenomenology study where the overarching question was: What was the lived experience of one novice female principal struggling to maintain her subjective wellbeing whilst simultaneously being a spiritual leader in her school? The Hermeneutical Circle was used as a basis to guide the investigation. The key finding of the study wasthat self-reflective meaning making and positive thinking, built capacity for leadership. In this instance, it is the interplay of educational, spiritual and mental health knowledges that strengthened leadership capacity to plan for, and to meet the complex challenges posed within the workplace.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Copyright Disclaimer: Copyright for this article is retained by the author(s), with first publication rights granted to the journal. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution license (
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Linguistics, Adult and Specialist Education
Date Deposited: 27 Mar 2019 04:27
Last Modified: 05 Apr 2019 02:02
Uncontrolled Keywords: principal, subjective wellbeing, Christianity, Hermeneutical Circle
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130399 Specialist Studies in Education not elsewhere classified
Identification Number or DOI: 10.5296/ije.v10i3.13542

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