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dc.contributor.authorBrennan, Jarlath
dc.contributor.authorMac Ruairc, Gerry
dc.identifier.citationBrennan, Jarlath, & Mac Ruairc, Gerry. Different worlds:The cadences of context, exploring the emotional terrain of school principals’ practice in schools in challenging circumstances. Educational Management Administration & Leadership, doi: 10.1177/1741143217725320en_IE
dc.description.abstractThe centrality of emotions in the personal and professional practice of school leaders is by now well established in scholarship. Much of the investigation that has been carried out over the years provides a strong basis and rationale for the data presented in this paper. This study sought to explore the extent to which the socio-economic context of the school impacts the emotional timbre of the interactions of school principals and to seek to establish how this group of leaders manage the emotional drivers of their different socio-economic contexts. This paper specifically focuses on principals' perspectives on the impact children’s social worlds and their associated lives have on how leadership practice is shaped, from the point of view of the playing out of emotions in school. Qualitative research using multiple, in-depth interviews and shadowing as research tools, was utilised to focus on the emotional experiences of the principals in the study. This approach enabled the research to come as close as possible to understanding the meaning principals make of their lived experiences from their subjective point of view. Most of the data presented here will explore the perspectives of leaders working in schools in some of the most disadvantaged and marginalised communities in Ireland.en_IE
dc.publisherSAGE Publicationsen_IE
dc.relation.ispartofEducational Management Administration & Leadership (EMAL) (peer reviewed not on NUIG system)en
dc.rightsAttribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Ireland
dc.subjectSocio-economic contexten_IE
dc.subjectLeadership practiceen_IE
dc.subjectEducational disadvantageen_IE
dc.subjectEmotional impacten_IE
dc.subjectEmotions in school lifeen_IE
dc.titleDifferent worlds: The cadences of context, exploring the emotional terrain of school principals’ practice in schools in challenging circumstancesen_IE
dc.description.peer-reviewedNot peer reviewed
dc.local.contactGerry Mac Ruairc, Edu-G020,, School Of Education,, College Of Arts, Social Sciences & Celtic Studies,, Nuns Island, National University Of Ireland Galway. 2693 Email:

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