Principal Turnover and the Impact on Teacher–Principal Relationships: Mitigating Emerging Values Issues

Part of the Studies in Educational Leadership book series (SIEL, volume 13)


Much research focuses on the leadership values/ethics of leadership but strangely, very little values/ethics research focuses on school principal succession and its implications. For the past 3 years, our research, sponsored by Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada , has studied the impact of rapid principal succession on teachers in twelve schools in six Nova Scotia n school boards. Our research has revealed that the negotiation and elucidation of the values constructs between the new principal and the teachers influences trust, morale, and teachers’ sense of efficacy. These have strong personal and professional implications (positively and negatively) for teachers and their work before, during and after principal succession events. This chapter is an initial examination of the decision-making process through which teachers and principals appear to come to understand each others’ values and values constructs.


Nova Scotia School Board Succession Event School Culture Underlying Basis 
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The authors would like to acknowledge the support of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada . The authors would also like to thank the teachers, administrators, and the school boards who agreed to participate in this study.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of EducationSt. Francis Xavier UniversityAntigonishCanada
  2. 2.Faculty of EducationUniversity of Western OntarioLondonCanada
  3. 3.School of EducationUniversity of NottinghamNottinghamUK
  4. 4.Faculty of EducationMount Saint Vincent UniversityHalifaxCanada

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