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Leadership In A Binational, Bicultural And Bilingual School, Kathleen Alice Sutherland May 2019

Leadership In A Binational, Bicultural And Bilingual School, Kathleen Alice Sutherland

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This study explored how leadership develops and is practised in a binational, bicultural and bilingual school. The study focused on the joint leadership (Australian and French) of Telopea Park School Lycée Franco-Australien de Canberra, located in Canberra in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT), Australia. The school is a binational, bicultural and bilingual school. The study sought to understand some of the conceptual, professional and practical aspects of leadership development and practice with regard to the distinctive phenomena of leadership in a binational, bicultural and bilingual school. Further, the study aimed to generate theoretical ideas and practical recommendations for further research ...


Exploring Teachers’ Phenomenological Experiences Of A Principal’S Change Initiative, Anne-Marie Louise Black Aug 2018

Exploring Teachers’ Phenomenological Experiences Of A Principal’S Change Initiative, Anne-Marie Louise Black

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Educational change has traditionally been viewed as an objective and rational process. From this perspective, school leaders have been dependent on solving the infuriatingly elusive effective change process puzzle by trying to “finetune the plan to ensure it incorporated every essential piece of the jigsaw” (Branson, 2010, p. 18). Despite educators seeking to explain events and control processes for change for many decades, effective educational change remains an elusive outcome. By striving to objectify the process, people can overlook the subjective influence that a change initiative may have on the behaviour and attitudes of those involved in enacting change. For ...


How The Principals Of New Zealand Catholic Secondary Schools Understand And Implement Special Character, Siân Maree Owen Jul 2018

How The Principals Of New Zealand Catholic Secondary Schools Understand And Implement Special Character, Siân Maree Owen

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The purpose of this study is to explore how Catholic education authorities guarantee the Special Character of New Zealand Catholic schools. Since principals hold primary responsibilities in demonstrating evidence of Special Character of the Catholic school, this study particularly explores how secondary school principals fulfil this responsibility.
New Zealand Catholic schools are State integrated schools under the 1975 Private Schools Conditional Integration Act (PSCIA). This Act enabled private schools to be fully government funded, while continuing to maintain and enhance their Special Character. Special Character is important to the Catholic Church because it enables its schools to offer an authentic ...


Building Capacity For Leading Learning In Low Socio-Economic Status Catholic Secondary Schools, Michael Blowes Oct 2017

Building Capacity For Leading Learning In Low Socio-Economic Status Catholic Secondary Schools, Michael Blowes

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The purpose of the research was to explore how leaders and teachers of low socio-economic status (SES) Catholic secondary schools engaged with a system led reform to build capacity for leadership to improve learning in their school communities. The research was informed by the school and system improvement literature which noted the limited success of large-scale reforms in secondary schools and identified the need to understand how leaders can better build capacity for improvement.

The case study focussed on the leadership of four low SES Catholic secondary schools from New South Wales (NSW), Australia who were part of the National ...


Love Spoken Here: Exploring The Experience Of One Primary School With A School/Community Partnerships Program, Cornella Koch Oct 2017

Love Spoken Here: Exploring The Experience Of One Primary School With A School/Community Partnerships Program, Cornella Koch

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Parental engagement is low SES schools is either minimal or rarely valued. Subsequently, this critical ethnography explores perspectives of staff and parents of the Community Partnerships Program (CPP) in a multiethnic, low SES, Catholic primary school in South East QLD. The purpose of the CPP was to offer support for students, staff and parents. Whilst the program excelled at sociocultural responsivity and care, questions arose as to whether demonstrated authentic parental engagement entailing transformation through participatory democracy. Staff and parents’ perspectives of how they perceived care and transformation as purpose for a school based CPP are explored in this thesis ...


From Vision To Reality: The Perceptions And Practices Of School Leaders In Christian Education National, Christopher Michael Prior Feb 2017

From Vision To Reality: The Perceptions And Practices Of School Leaders In Christian Education National, Christopher Michael Prior

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Christian Education National (CEN) is an association of Christian schools started in Australia, in the 1960s by Christian parents, predominantly with a Dutch Reformed heritage. Its vision for education includes the lordship of Christ over all of life, the fact that the gospel is to inform practice, and that parents are responsible for the education of their children. CEN dedicate significant resources to supporting member schools to understand the beliefs that underpin their vision for education and to develop practice based on these beliefs. School leaders in Christian schools have responsibilities that include an understanding of the faith perspective of ...


Instructional Leadership Practices Of Al Ain Public Secondary School Principals From The Teachers’ Perspectives, مها عبد الله سلامة Dec 2016

Instructional Leadership Practices Of Al Ain Public Secondary School Principals From The Teachers’ Perspectives, مها عبد الله سلامة

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This study aims at identifying the perceptions of teachers in public schools in

Al Ain Educational Office about the frequency of principals’ practices of instructional leadership.

It also aims to discover the effect of gender on practicing instructional leadership. This quantitative study used Hallinger Principal Instructional Management Rating Scale (PIMRS). This scale consists of (71) subscales involving (11) dimensions in instructional leadership in its final Arabic form.

This study was been applied to (258) teachers from both genders. This study sample represents 43% of the study’s population. Results of this study indicates that: the first dimension, which is framing ...


The Effectiveness Of School Principal Communication On Teacher Job Satisfaction, Rim Kamal Ai Hajar Nov 2016

The Effectiveness Of School Principal Communication On Teacher Job Satisfaction, Rim Kamal Ai Hajar

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Teacher job satisfaction has been the subject of research, but little attention has been paid to the effect of principal-teacher communication on teacher job satisfaction in the United Arab Emirates. This research paper investigated the effect of principal communication on teacher job satisfaction, and provides suggestions to improve principal-teacher communication process in cycle 1 schools in Al Ain city. It answered questions about principals’ communication practices, teachers’ satisfaction levels, and the most effective principal-teacher communication practices, which lead to high teacher's job satisfaction, and differences based on the principals’ gender in communication with teachers. To achieve the goals of ...


Leadership For School Improvement, Anne Anderson Jul 2016

Leadership For School Improvement, Anne Anderson

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This study has emerged from an international interest and movement towards school improvement. The process of school improvement concerns itself with the concepts of change and accountability within school systems as well as the impact of leadership within these processes. The purpose of this study is to explore the influence of leadership on school improvement in Catholic secondary schools. Specifically, it addresses how leadership was seen to influence both school improvement and the understandings of leadership of people involved in school improvement within Catholic secondary schools in Sydney. The research asked the question: How does leadership influence school improvement? It ...


The Extent Of Practicing Different Components Of Professional Learning Communities At The Bani Kinanah Secondary Schools In Jordan, Rami Hussein Mohammad Abdallah May 2016

The Extent Of Practicing Different Components Of Professional Learning Communities At The Bani Kinanah Secondary Schools In Jordan, Rami Hussein Mohammad Abdallah

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This study aimed to investigate the extent to which different components of the Professional Learning Community (PLC) were being practiced at the Bani Kinanah secondary schools in Jordan. The study employed a mixed approach to collect data, including a questionnaire and semi-structured interviews. For the quantitative approach, 1110 participants responded to the questionnaire. For the qualitative approach, four schools participated: two female schools and two male schools. In every school, three educators have been interviewed. Findings revealed that the extent to which the different components of PLCs were practiced at the Bani Kinanah secondary schools was high, according to quantitative ...


System Learning In Complex And Emergent Environments: A Study Of How Leaders In One Education System Enabled Capacity For Learning Focused On The Enactment Of Moral Purpose, Jayne-Louise Collins Jan 2016

System Learning In Complex And Emergent Environments: A Study Of How Leaders In One Education System Enabled Capacity For Learning Focused On The Enactment Of Moral Purpose, Jayne-Louise Collins

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This thesis explores system capacity building, in particular, the purpose of system capacity building and how leaders, in the context of Leading for Learning Project, enabled whole of system capacity building with a focus on sustained engagement with moral purpose. It is argued, however, that the purpose and scope of system capacity building is often conceptually limited because it is understood within the current regulatory and performance focused education reform environment. This thesis, therefore, offers an alternative perspective by engaging with the theoretical underpinnings of complexity theory. As such, this thesis offers a conceptualisation of education systems as complex adaptive ...


The Involvement Of The Parents Of Students In Al Ain Eastern Common Schools For Cycle 2 & 3 In The Educational Process., Qahtan Abdalla Salem Az Zaydee Nov 2015

The Involvement Of The Parents Of Students In Al Ain Eastern Common Schools For Cycle 2 & 3 In The Educational Process., Qahtan Abdalla Salem Az Zaydee

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This study aimed at identifying the degree of educational partnership between students’ parents and Al-Ain Eastern Cycle 2 & 3 schools. Furthermore, the study investigated the most significant recommendation to promote that partnership. Accordingly, the researcher used the quantitative and qualitative research approach to collect the required data. A survey and an interview were designed to collect the quantitative and qualitative data respectively.

The study population comprised students’ parents in four schools in Al Ain eastern outskirts. All of those schools are affiliated with Al-Ain Education Office. The study sample consisted of 2000 parents with 500 parents for each school to ...


Voices Of The Future: An Exploration Of Teachers' Leadership Aspirations, Therese M. Barrington Jul 2015

Voices Of The Future: An Exploration Of Teachers' Leadership Aspirations, Therese M. Barrington

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The ageing demographic of school leaders has created opportunities for teachers to take up school leadership positions as principals, deputy principals and middle leaders (Preston, 2003). Shortages of suitable applicants for the position of principal have led to the study of the many factors that influence teachers’ decisions to become school leaders (Dorman & d’Arbon, 2003; Lacey, 2004). There is a significant gap in the educational literature on aspirants to middle leadership positions, as the predominant focus of research on leadership in schools has been on principals (Anderson et al., 2007). This study addresses this gap by exploring the personal and professional experiences ...


Educational Strategic Planning Skills For Principles And Vice-Principles In Alburimi Governorate, خولة بنت عبدالله بن حسن البلوشي May 2015

Educational Strategic Planning Skills For Principles And Vice-Principles In Alburimi Governorate, خولة بنت عبدالله بن حسن البلوشي

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This study aimed at identifying how to develop the principles and vice principles' skills in the strategic planning in AlBurimi through answering the following questions: what is the degree of practicing strategic planning skills for principles and vice-principles in AlBurimi governorate, does the degree vary according to gender, position, qualification and years of experience and how we can develop the strategic planning skills? In order to achieve the objectives of the study the researcher used descriptive analytical (survey questionnaire), and interviews using a focus group with a group of teachers. The study includes all basic education schools principles and vice- ...


The Effectiveness Of Professional Development Programs Offered To Heads Of Faculty In Kindergartens And Primary Schools In Al Ain By Abu Dhabi Education Council, Ramla Karama Ahmed Al Amiri May 2015

The Effectiveness Of Professional Development Programs Offered To Heads Of Faculty In Kindergartens And Primary Schools In Al Ain By Abu Dhabi Education Council, Ramla Karama Ahmed Al Amiri

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The study aimed to investigate and gather perspectives regarding the effectiveness of the training programs offered by ADEC to the HoFs. The researcher used both qualitative and quantitative data collection methods in order to answer the research questions. A survey inclusive of 38 questions was used, and it was divided into four sections pertaining to professional development. These sections were made up of the importance of professional development programs; their goals; specifications; and evaluation.

The result showed that participants agreed on four areas but using different levels of agreement that descended from first, the importance of professional development programs; second ...


An Evaluation Of The School-Based Management Practices In The New School Model: A Study On Al Ain Schools, Shaikha Ali Abdulla Al Kaabi May 2015

An Evaluation Of The School-Based Management Practices In The New School Model: A Study On Al Ain Schools, Shaikha Ali Abdulla Al Kaabi

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In 2005, the government of Abu Dhabi started a reform initiative by establishing the Abu Dhabi Education Council (ADEC). ADEC became responsible for efforts to improve the performance of schools and increase students’ achievement in the emirate. One way to do this was by creating the New School Model (NSM). Part of the NSM reform was a shift from the centralized system of managing the schools into a decentralized system that delegates and sometimes devolves decision-making authority to schools themselves. The purpose of this study is to investigate the degree to which School-Based Management (SBM) has been practiced in the ...


The Effectiveness Of Professional Development Programs Offered To Heads Of Faculty In Kindergardens And Primary Schools In Al Ain By Abu Dhabi Education Council, رملة كرامة أخمد العامري May 2015

The Effectiveness Of Professional Development Programs Offered To Heads Of Faculty In Kindergardens And Primary Schools In Al Ain By Abu Dhabi Education Council, رملة كرامة أخمد العامري

Theses

The study aimed to investigate and gather perspectives regarding the effectiveness of the training programs offered by ADEC to the HoFs. The researcher used both qualitative and quantitative data collection methods in order to answer the research questions. A survey inclusive of 38 questions was used, and it was divided into four sections pertaining to professional development. These sections were made up of: the importance of professional development programs; their goals; specifications; and evaluation. The result showed that participants agreed on four areas but using defferent levels of agreement that descended from first, the importance of professional development programs; second ...


The Head Of Faculties Approaches And Process Of Supervision In Al Ain Cycle One Schools., Ameira Jaber Al Bloushi Al Bloushi May 2015

The Head Of Faculties Approaches And Process Of Supervision In Al Ain Cycle One Schools., Ameira Jaber Al Bloushi Al Bloushi

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The Abu Dhabi Education Council (ADEC) was established in (2005) to manage and develop education in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. A few years later, ADEC implemented the new school model (NSM); a school system that aims to achieve the educational goals of the emirate. One of the important initiatives of ADEC in the New School Model was the establishment of a new management and leadership lines such as the creation of the Head of Faculty (HoFs) position. The role of the HoFs is supervising the implementation of the NSM’s teaching and learning process through providing advice, coaching, and ...


Principals’ Instructional Leadership Practices And Their Relationship To Teachers’ Instructional Practices In Sharjah Schools., Hayat Mohamed Abdalla Al Hosani May 2015

Principals’ Instructional Leadership Practices And Their Relationship To Teachers’ Instructional Practices In Sharjah Schools., Hayat Mohamed Abdalla Al Hosani

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Instructional leadership has become one of the most widely researched topics. This type of leadership has been connected to teacher growth and development, teacher job satisfaction, student achievement, and improving school climate in general. This study focuses on instructional leadership in schools of Sharjah Education Zone. Specifically, the study aims to describe the principal instructional leadership practices, to identify the most and least important teachers’ instructional practices, and to investigate whether there is a relationship between the principals’ instructional practices and teachers’ teaching practices. This study is quantitative in nature and therefore a questionnaire was used to collect data from ...


The Impact Of Classroom Density On Teachers' Performance And Students' Achievement In Al-Ain Schools : Perspective Of Teachers And Students, Saif Saeed Salem Al Manei May 2015

The Impact Of Classroom Density On Teachers' Performance And Students' Achievement In Al-Ain Schools : Perspective Of Teachers And Students, Saif Saeed Salem Al Manei

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This quantitative study aimed at investigating the students' and teachers' perceptions about the effects of classroom density on teacher's performance and student's achievement in Al-Ain Schools. The study addressed the two research questions (a). To what extent classroom density impact teacher's performance in Al-Ain Cycle Three Schools? (b) To what extent classroom density impact students' achievement in Al-Ain Cycle Three Schools? To have an in-depth understanding of whether class density impacted teaching and learning students, the causal comparative study design was conducted to collect data via two questionnaires; one for teachers, and the other for grade 12 ...


The Extent Of Educational Leaders Understands The Management Concept And Its Practice In Al Ain Government Schools In U.A.E., آمنة سالم حمد مسعود المري May 2015

The Extent Of Educational Leaders Understands The Management Concept And Its Practice In Al Ain Government Schools In U.A.E., آمنة سالم حمد مسعود المري

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This study aims to achieve the following: : To determine the realization of educational leaders in Al Ain city government schools of the management culture by empowerment. Determine the degree of the educational leaders practice in Al Ain city government schools of the management culture by empowerment. Identify differences in the degree of the realization and the degree of the practice of educational leaders in Al Ain city government schools of the management culture by empowerment, and that can be attributed to the following variables: sex, grade, academic qualification. To achieve the objectives of the study and answer the questions, the ...


Principals' Integration Of Technology In Education At Sharjah City Governoment Schools, Samer Husni Abdel Khaleq Alsaleh Dec 2014

Principals' Integration Of Technology In Education At Sharjah City Governoment Schools, Samer Husni Abdel Khaleq Alsaleh

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School leadership includes several elements; one of them is technology leadership that is necessary for the success of technology integration in education. The purpose of this study is to describe the state of technology integration in Sharjah City Government Schools based on a juxtaposition and comparison of principals' perceived practices of technology integration and teachers' perceptions. This technique of study would help in reaching a more trusted image of technology integration at Sharjah schools. The second purpose was to investigate the influence of the principals' gender on integrating technology in their schools, in addition to identify the main challenges that ...


Principals’ Integration Of Technology In Education At Sharjah City Government Schools, Samer Husni Abdel Khaleq Alsaleh Dec 2014

Principals’ Integration Of Technology In Education At Sharjah City Government Schools, Samer Husni Abdel Khaleq Alsaleh

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No abstract provided.


Exploring The Beliefs, Values And Mission Of Educational Institutions Within Christian Outreach Centre Australia, Peter Thomas Geizer Aug 2014

Exploring The Beliefs, Values And Mission Of Educational Institutions Within Christian Outreach Centre Australia, Peter Thomas Geizer

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This study considers the organisational culture of four P-12 schools operated by the Christian Outreach Centre (COC), in Australia, by exploring the cultural dimensions of school beliefs, values and mission. The research is significant for informing the aims of values education in Australia and the development of education within a Charismatic and Pentecostal religious tradition...


The Effectiveness Of Teamwork Of National And Expatriate Kg Teachers In Al Ain Schools: A Qualitative Study, Maitha Khalifa Ali Al Mansouri Jun 2014

The Effectiveness Of Teamwork Of National And Expatriate Kg Teachers In Al Ain Schools: A Qualitative Study, Maitha Khalifa Ali Al Mansouri

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This study aimed to investigate teamwork effectiveness of national and expatriate teachers in Al Ain KG schools. The study was guided by one main research question and three sub-questions and used the qualitative phenomenological research method. Data for this study were collected through semi-structured interviews. The interviews were conducted in five KG schools with ten teachers: five national and five expatriate teachers. Data collected from the interviews had been recorded as audio files. Then, data were cleaned, checked for completeness, coded, and analyzed using the Nvivo program version 10. The findings highlighted the awareness of teachers of the importance of ...


Leading Professional Learning: An Exploration Of The Leadership Role Of The Rec In The Professional Learning Of Religious Educators In Catholic Primary Schools In The Melbourne Archdiocese, Elizabeth Ann Dowling Apr 2014

Leading Professional Learning: An Exploration Of The Leadership Role Of The Rec In The Professional Learning Of Religious Educators In Catholic Primary Schools In The Melbourne Archdiocese, Elizabeth Ann Dowling

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Schools and school leaders are experiencing a growing pressure to consistently deliver high quality education. Religious Education Coordinators (RECs) aim to encourage and support religion teachers within the school context to deliver this goal. As a means of achieving improved quality, the importance of continuous teacher learning and the influence of teaching on student outcomes has become increasingly apparent. An investment in the ongoing professional learning of religious educators is gaining prominence as a necessary vehicle for enhancing student outcomes, however it has not proved to be a panacea. Whilst continuous professional learning should be at the core of religious ...


The Effectiveness Of Adec's Professional Development For Principals In Al Ain Government Schools, Uae, Wafaa Ai-Ghafri Jan 2014

The Effectiveness Of Adec's Professional Development For Principals In Al Ain Government Schools, Uae, Wafaa Ai-Ghafri

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This study investigated the extent to which professional development provided by the Abu Dhabi Education Council (ADEC) helped principals in Al Ain government schools to lead the new five components of change in their schools. The study was guided by three research questions and used the mixed research method. Data were collected through a questionnaire, individual interviews, and focus group interviews. The questionnaire was divided into four sections. The first section included demographic information of participants. The second section included eleven statements addressing the school principals' perceptions towards professional development programs conducted by ADEC. The third section was comprised of ...


Collaborative School Culture In Al Ain Secondary Schools: A Qualitative Study Of One Female And One Male School., Rania Mohamad Alqarqaz Jan 2014

Collaborative School Culture In Al Ain Secondary Schools: A Qualitative Study Of One Female And One Male School., Rania Mohamad Alqarqaz

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The purpose of this study was to investigate the extent of collaborative school culture in two of Al Ain Cycle Three schools. The first school was a female school and the second one was a male school. These two schools are under the supervision of Abu Dhabi Educational Council (ADEC) in United Arab Emirates. They were part of 11 secondary schools studied by Falouqa (2013). She studied the collaborative school culture in these 11 schools using a questionnaire for data collection. The questionnaire was used to measure the six components of collaborative school culture (CSC) as conceptualized by Gruenert (2005 ...


Teachers’ Perception Of Characteristics Of Effective Female School Leaders Of Elementary Schools In Abu Dhabi Emirate, Zahra Saif Malek Alshehaimi Jan 2014

Teachers’ Perception Of Characteristics Of Effective Female School Leaders Of Elementary Schools In Abu Dhabi Emirate, Zahra Saif Malek Alshehaimi

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This study aimed at identifying the characteristics of effective female school leaders’ from teachers’ perspectives. The objectives of this study are three as follows: a) surveying the literature on the characteristics of effective school leaders, b) examining the reality of what extend the school leaders are effective, and c) finding other characteristics in which school leaders in Al Ain and Abu Dhabi schools can develop their effectiveness at schools. The research employed a quantitative analysis to answer the research questions. The results of this study indicated that teachers’ perception towards their principal is positive. Teachers in the Abu Dhabi and ...


Improving The Selection Of Public School Principals In Al-Ain Education Office, Hana Ali Alhelali Jan 2014

Improving The Selection Of Public School Principals In Al-Ain Education Office, Hana Ali Alhelali

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This study aimed to investigate the perceptions of principals, vice principals, and teachers on selection criteria and recruitment procedures for AI Ain public school principals. The study was guided by three research questions and used the quantitative research method. Data for this study were collected through a questionnaire divided into three sections. The first section included demographic information of participants. The second part included 48 items about recruitment and selection, which measure agreement or disagreement of participants over the items in the five components. These components were application requirements, selection responsibility, selection methods, selection criteria, and recruiting procedures. The third ...