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This study used a multiple case study design to investigate the role of the school principal in the implementation of the revised gifted and talented policy (DET, 2004) in selected New South Wales government secondary schools. There is little empirical research which has addressed the role of the school leader (principal) in the implementation of gifted education in schools. Hallinger and Heck?s (1998) research suggested that principals play an indirect role through intervening variables such as, teachers. A theoretical framework was developed based on a review of relevant literature. Data were collected from a stratified random sample of government secondary schools in the Sydney metropolitan area in New South Wales, Australia. Ten government secondary schools were selected. Semi-structured face-to-face interviews were conducted with principals and gifted and talented coordinators as well as semi-structured focus group interviews with four randomly selected classroom teachers from each school.