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Behaviour and Learning: The Development of Staff Efficacy in One School

Lookup NU author(s): Benjamin Powell, Dr Simon Gibbs



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In this paper we report a qualitative case-study of how a primary school Principal enhanced staff belief in their efficacy and practice in relation to children’s behaviour. Thematic analysis was used to analyse interviews with the Principal and teaching staff. We identified four main themes relating to their attributions, beliefs and practices: ‘Attitudes and Expectations’, ‘Leadership’, ‘Communication’, and ‘School Ethos and Practices. We conclude by considering how the Principal’s own beliefs and leadership practices were associated with changes in the beliefs and practice of the staff.

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Author(s): Powell B, Gibbs S

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: International Journal of Whole Schooling

Year: 2018

Volume: 14

Issue: 2

Pages: 63-82

Online publication date: 27/08/2018

Acceptance date: 27/07/2018

Date deposited: 28/08/2018

ISSN (electronic): 1710-2146

Publisher: Whole Schooling Consortium



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