Principals and Heads of School at International Schools: The Impact of Relationships on Turnover


This presentation presents the results of a qualitative research study that explored how international school administrators’ perceptions of professional relationships influence turnover in international schools, and presents findings on administrators’ awareness, challenges, and best practices as they relate to turnover. The beginning of the presentation introduces the problem of turnover in K-12 schools and describes growth in international schools, the problem of turnover among education professionals and the potential impacts on stakeholders. The second part of the presentation presents a detailed literature view that provides the history and current status of administrative roles in schools and international schools. The third part of the presentation describes the methodology and findings for this qualitative study. The qualitative study included 18 participants who are internationally experienced administrators in the role of head of school or principal in international schools. The data from the qualitative study present a rich case of how international school heads of school and principals build relationships in international schools and the challenges they face in relationship building. The final part of this presentation describes ideas for application to practice that include a professional development training based on the literature and research and ideas to extend training.

Author Information
Timothy Wagner, Trident University International, United States

Paper Information
Conference: ACE2021
Stream: Educational policy

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