Leading Light: The Lived Experiences of Neophyte School Leaders in the K to 12 Implementation





Educational Management, neophyte school leaders, phenomenological study, Philippines


In an era of educational reforms, school leaders lived up to high expectations in implementing a new curriculum as the learning society demands improvements and transformation. How these neophyte leaders lived becomes an oblivious issue. This phenomenological study on leadership investigated the lived experiences, meaning and insights, and perceived achievements of neophyte school leaders in the Division of Negros Occidental. Anchored on Piaget's constructivist philosophy, trait theory and emotional resilience theory, the participants of the study were 3 principals and 3 assistant principals who were appointed in 2015 onwards and were selected through criterion sampling. The data were gathered through in-depth interviews and field observations. The data were analyzed using the Esterberg's qualitative analysis including immersing with the data, open coding, focused coding, development of themes and grounding the analysis. Member checking was utilized to establish the reliability of the themes. Findings showed that the lived experience of neophyte leaders included embracing the challenges of K to 12 Program while the meaning and insight was perceiving triumphs over challenges. The perceived achievement was employing strategies that work. The proposed training plan involved topics on adjustment strategies, professional dealings and collaboration techniques.


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Author Biography

Paulo E. Cabatac, Himamaylan National High School

Himamaylan City, Negros Occidental, Philippines


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How to Cite

Cabatac, P. E. (2018). Leading Light: The Lived Experiences of Neophyte School Leaders in the K to 12 Implementation. JPAIR Multidisciplinary Research, 31(1), 35–56. https://doi.org/10.7719/jpair.v31i1.563