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A Comparative Case Study: The Expectations and Experiences of Current and Aspiring Female Secondary Assistant Principals
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The assistant principal role is often a critical stepping stone in educational leadership. The position provides a great deal of exposure and experience between classroom teacher and the principalship. However, there are few studies that examine the role, particularly with women. As women acquire increased educational experience and qualifications to pursue the educational leadership pathway, the role of assistant principal becomes foundational and transformative to their leadership journey. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to gain an in-depth understanding of the experiences, expectations, and aspirations of women who are currently secondary assistant principals compared to women who aspire to the role. A qualitative research methodology was used with a comparative case study design. This included the experiences of eight female, secondary assistant principals and eight women who have the pertinent qualifications and are aspiring to the role. The results indicated that women have unique experiences in the position, especially in terms of work-life balance. A clear pathway to the assistant principal role was also evident and included a call to action, the dean of students role, and a transition into the AP position. Implications for practice, recommendations for further research, and conclusions are discussed.