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Distributive leadership in public schools : experiences and perceptions of teachers in the Soweto region

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dc.contributor.advisor Prof. R. Mestry en_US
dc.contributor.author Naicker, Suraiya Rathankoomar
dc.date.accessioned 2012-06-07T07:13:49Z
dc.date.available 2012-06-07T07:13:49Z
dc.date.issued 2012-06-07
dc.date.submitted 2011-10-06
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10210/5007
dc.description M.Ed. en_US
dc.description.abstract In current times, the increasing demands of principalship and the complex challenges facing schools have led to the emergence of distributive forms of leadership in schools. The dissatisfaction with traditional models of leadership has resulted in a paradigm shift where leadership focus on the position of individuals in the hierarchy has been rejected in favour of collective leadership practices. In an era of democracy, distributive leadership continues to attract attention as a relevant model for the twenty-first century school. This study investigated teacher experiences and perceptions of the practice of distributive leadership in South African public primary schools in the Soweto region. The study was framed within a pragmatic paradigm using a mixed methods research design. An exploratory sequential strategy was used where the qualitative phase of data collection and analysis preceded the quantitative phase. The sample comprised teachers who were not formally appointed as leaders and did not belong to the school management teams. In the qualitative phase focus group interviews were conducted in three schools. Document analysis was conducted to support the interview findings. The quantitative phase tested the findings from the qualitative phase using a standardised questionnaire. Various themes and sub-themes emerged from the qualitative study. The first theme, leadership styles, revealed that principals practiced autocratic rather than participative styles of leadership. The autocratic style restricted principals from redistributing power to teachers and excluded teachers from decision-making processes. The second theme, school climate, indicated that the present leadership style led to a negative school climate which in turn had an adverse impact on staff relationships, teacher morale and motivation, job satisfaction as well as teaching and learning. The third theme that emerged was communication with teachers expressing the need for openness and transparency in decision-making. The fourth theme identified was barriers to teacher leadership. This was supported by sub-themes which pointed to the lack of opportunities for teacher leadership, teacher isolation in lesson planning, a heavy teacher workload, the need for power sharing and the need for the professional development of teacher leaders. Finally, the benefits of distributive leadership were identified as the fifth theme and teachers perceived that distributive leadership would have a positive impact on job satisfaction, encourage delegation and give them a voice in decision-making. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject Educational leadership en_US
dc.subject Distributed leadership en_US
dc.subject Teachers' attitudes en_US
dc.subject School management and organization en_US
dc.subject Primary schools (Soweto, South Africa) en_US
dc.title Distributive leadership in public schools : experiences and perceptions of teachers in the Soweto region en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US

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