The Perceptions of Principals on Implementation of Transformative Leadership Strategy: A Case Study of South African Primary Schools (72970)

Session Information: Education & Difference: Gifted Education, Special Education, Learning Difficulties & Disability
Session Chair: Mariam Kuchava

Friday, 22 September 2023 11:25
Session: Session 2
Room: Sant Sebastia
Presentation Type:Oral Presentation

All presentation times are UTC + 2 (Europe/Madrid)

The changing context of school leadership has been accompanied by the roles of principals who need to adapt to the changes. This context and position of principals is rooted in the important role they play as transformational leaders who are typically seen visionaries and catalysts of organisational change. South African education system has been characterised by drastic changes such as policy restructuring, curriculum reform, changes in learner performance and achievement, school governance, funding that affect schools. These changes need a strong, focused, and visionary school principal who can adapt and carry the school even in challenging times. This will among other things, require a leader who have the best interest of the followers and give direction to ensure a successful school. This essay focuses on principals' perspectives on how they apply transformational leadership strategy to ensure successful and effective schools while considering significant changes in their specific schools. Exploratory narrative inquiry used semi-structured one-on-one interviews, document analysis, and participant observation as a qualitative research methodology. Only 6 high-performing schools were sampled for this small-scale study, therefore 6 principals and their deputies participated. Data gathered from the chosen participants were examined using thematic data analysis. The results revealed that principals require assistance in their duties of managing change and collaborating with many stakeholders in their respective context. Therefore, a management development program for the principals has been suggested to ensure effective leadership, which will ultimately have a good impact on the operation of the school.

Pertunia Machaisa, University of South Africa, South Africa

About the Presenter(s)
Professor Pertunia Machaisa is a University Associate Professor/Senior Lecturer at University of South Africa in South Africa

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Last updated: 2023-02-23 23:45:00