Values for New Zealand school leadership : literature review for the Te Ariki Trust
Purpose : This literature review has been commissioned by the Te Ariki Trust so that future applicants for the David Stewart Memorial Postgraduate Scholarship may benefit from access to a select literature review in order to understand the essence of the Trust’s four values. These four values underpin all work associated with the Trust. The intention of the scholarship is that it will provide a postgraduate study opportunity for a school leader to advance and honour the work of David Stewart. The aim of the review is to provide a repository which can be consulted when applicants consider how they might build on David Stewart’s legacy as they devise their scholarship proposals. The Trust in selecting a scholarship recipient, looks for evidence of an intellectual challenge which will help school leaders make sense of the complex issues they encounter in daily leadership work in New Zealand primary schools. The recipient is expected to continue the theme of how school leaders can develop teachers as reflective professional practitioners working within collaborative school cultures. Scholarship applicants will need to show in their proposals how the process of education is indeed an intellectual activity in which professionals co-construct meaning from their practice in conversation and observation with colleagues to develop better ways of meeting students’ learning need in the classroom. Applicants will also need to familiarise themselves with the work of David Stewart in order to honour and continue the work he started with New Zealand school principals. The articles featured in the review provide applicants with national and international literature to show the direction taken by recent research studies which, as well as providing insights from their own work, have signalled where future work is needed.
The four values : Four values guide the work of the Te Ariki Trust. These are ‘professional discretion’, ‘collegial obligations’, ‘reflective inquiry and discourse’ and ‘evidenced based professional practice’. The literature review canvasses all four of these values knowing that each is underpinned by an extensive body of literature. As a select literature review, the focus on scholarship and research is limited to studies undertaken since the year 2010.
Process : The review examines up to five significant studies for each Te Ariki value. These are presented as annotated bibliographies followed by a summarising document bringing out the major messages across the four values. The review highlights what current literature has to say about each of the Te Ariki values and why such values are important for principal and teacher development when working as colleagues who are committed to making a difference to students’ learning.