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What Drives the Perception of School Principals as Professional Managers in Small European Countries? The Case of Croatia

Niksa Alfirevic orcid id ; University of Split, Faculty of Economics, Business and Tourism
Dijana Vican ; University of Zadar, Department of Pedagogy
Jurica Pavičić ; University of Zagreb, Faculty of Economics and Business

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In this study, the authors discuss the educational and social factors that contribute to the perception of school principals as an independent managerial profession. Empirical results are based on a household survey, nationally representative of the Republic of Croatia as a small European country involved in a comprehensive educational reform. The empirical results indicate that trust in individual social actors relevant for education and the public perception of school effectiveness can serve as predictors of the public assessment of principalship as a profession. Potential implications for further research and policy development in small European countries are suggested. The proposed policy interventions emphasize institutional capacity building and an attempt to achieve a positive feedback loop by strengthening mutual links between the development of local resources and the communication of positive local narratives.

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Croatia, educational management, predictors, profession, school principals.

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