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Principals and the development of a professionally inviting culture as an aspect of strategic leadership

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dc.contributor.advisor Prof. B.R. Grobler en_US
dc.contributor.author Phori, John Ranatane
dc.date.accessioned 2012-03-26T07:25:53Z
dc.date.available 2012-03-26T07:25:53Z
dc.date.issued 2012-03-26
dc.date.submitted 2000
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10210/4569
dc.description M.Ed. en_US
dc.description.abstract The fundamental effort behind this research is to make a critical study of the elements that constitute a professionally inviting culture in schools as an aspect of strategic leadership. William Purkey (1994 : 2-4) is understood to be in the vanguard of invitational education as a paedagogic theory. This educational theory advocates humanistic themes and concerns. It is grounded on trust, love, respect and humanness. The hallmark behind a professionally inviting culture is: • a collegial leadership style; • a sound educational school culture and climate; • the value behind humanity and a sense ofhumanness; and • the permit of democratic ideals which include inter alia human dignity, non-racialism, non-sexism as well as the freedom of self expression (SASA, 1996). The study of change management becomes a sine-qua-non for schools to demonstrate effectiveness. Effective schools are inviting in nature. Such schools are characterised by shared co-ownership, transparency, staff intimacy, staff development, clarity and accomplishment of goals and a well-designed vision and mission statement. For schools to be professionally inviting in character, they are to be viewed as learning organisations as Pullan (1993: 70-71) contends. Fundamental to Pullan's argument is the need for strategic leadership in managing schools. The aim behind this leadership is: • the passion for collaboration between leadership and colleagues for sustained school success and achievement of goals set; • the ambition to value the interests of staff towards school excellence in the service it provides; and • the desire to uphold an open agenda whereby colleagues are free to level constructive criticism with the view of inspiring mediocrity in both leadership and service. The triumph of collaborative leadership and invitational education is anchored on a sound strategic leadership as earlier articulated. The research by Grobler and Vander Merwe (1995) came up with the following aspects which also contributed to strategic leadership: • collaborative leadership; • vision of excellence; • personal mastery; • ethical foundation; and • empowerment. The South African educational scenario carries with itself some disturbing tendencies which are in essence disinviting. Some of the problems are: • poor and low educator morale; • lack of professional ethics; • a dearth of educational leadership in schools; • sporadic absenteeism; and • disrespect to school leadership and authority by colleagues. The nucleus of the problems in this search is captured by the following thematic questions which in tum guides the discourse of this project. The questions are: • what is the origin and background behind a professionally inviting culture? • how can principals be developed to create a professionally inviting culture? • how should such training programmes intended to train principals be evaluated? The hallmark behind a professionally inviting culture is the: • notion of shared responsibilities in school partnerships;• development of professional leadership and management; • need for collegiality between the school management and staff; and • a school culture that is characterised by open trust, content and total quality service. In its proper practice and application, institutional education has potential to contribute to the betterment of the culture of teaching, learning and service which are fundamental to schools in South Africa today. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject School principals en_US
dc.subject School management and organization en_US
dc.subject Leadership en_US
dc.subject Teacher-principal relationships en_US
dc.title Principals and the development of a professionally inviting culture as an aspect of strategic leadership en_US
dc.type Mini-Dissertation en_US

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