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ESTRADA LOYA, Cruz Argelia  and  VILLARREAL BALLESTEROS, Ana Cecilia. Challenges that contribute to the formation process of primary school principals. IE Rev. investig. educ. REDIECH [online]. 2018, vol.9, n.17, pp.69-86. ISSN 2448-8550.

We present this work that was conducted with the objective of analyzing the training processes for principals of primary schools to identify some of the elements that enabled their leadership learning and effectiveness. A multiple case study was conducted using narrative biographical analysis, which identified practical experiences and challenging difficult situations that enable preparation and leadership learning. The study found that exercising authority helps rebuild their professional identity, and this helps principals to learn the function and develop the needed skills for the function. Reported experiences include challenging experiences as organizing the dynamics of school work, the involvement of families in school activities, and obtaining resources to implement actions for improvement. The process found has favoring elements such as in situ learning that practice provides; however, the shortcomings of this approach are that leadership learning occurs in specific situations and mostly by trial and error.

Keywords : challenge; experience; training; critical training.

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