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Catholic School Leadership Revisited

Catholic School Leadership Revisited

While the capacity of today’s Catholic school leaders to maintain the Catholic identity of their schools is of serious concern worldwide, a review of literature from the past 30 years clearly indicates that this is not a recent quandary. For example, Dwyer (1986) and Heft (1991) both highlighted the additional responsibility of Catholic school leaders above and beyond that

of other school principals due to the need to specifically attend to the faith development of the children in their school. A view later echoed by Wallace (1998) when arguing that: “If Catholic schools are to continue to be distinguished by their strong faith communities and not become private schools characterised as schools of academic excellence and a religious memory, attention must be given to faith leadership and how it is being developed in school leadership.”

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