Institute for Positive Psychology & Education

School Principals' Diminishing Well-Being: What Makes a Positive Difference

This project aims to investigate the effect of State Education Departments’ policy interventions designed to improve school principals’ flagging well-being. Increasing competition, accountability, and public scrutiny make principals stressed, and since their influence on students is second only to teachers, this threatens Australia’s socioeconomic outcomes.

This project will map policy interventions to changes in principals’ motivation and well-being, and share information about the most productive and cost-effective interventions with key stakeholders across Australia. This research could reverse the declining well-being of Australia’s school leaders.

Researchers: Professor Herb Marsh, Associate Professor Philip Riley, Professor Richard Ryan, Dr Theresa Dicke, Professor Robert Vallerand, Dr Philip Parker, and Dr Paul W Atkins

Start Date: 1 July 2016
End Date: 30 June 2019
Funding Body: ARC Linkage Grant, Australian Primary Principals Incorporated, NSW Secondary Principals’ Council Incorporated, Teachers Health Fund, Catholic Church Insurance Limited, AHISA Limited