ERIC Number: ED357431
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
The Indonesian School Principal: Broadening Responsibility. Educational Policy and Planning Project. A Government of Indonesia-USAID Project.
Cummings, William K.; And Others
The Indonesian school principal is a highly respected individual who serves as the critical link between the school and the community as well as local and national authorities. While most principals are well educated and capable, their positions are too limited. Most principals simply implement educational policy whereas they could and should be creative leaders of educational institutions. Educational reform in Indonesia has led to improvements in education, but it has also stifled school-level initiative and community involvement in education. A new balance must be struck that expands the responsibilities of the principal. This study examined variations in the management practices and resources of the principals of six diverse elementary schools in the Sumatera Barat and West Java provinces. The schools were ranked on several issues: independence from regulation, comprehensive management, entrepreneurship, proportion of resources financed from client revenues, average direct client costs, and efficiency. Several recommendations are made based on the study, including the need for clearer roles for educational players, decentralization, increased government financial support, improved intergovernmental communication, improved community involvement and awareness, and increased administrator training. (JPT)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Ministry of Education and Culture (Indonesia).; Agency for International Development (IDCA), Washington, DC. Bureau for Research and Development.
Authoring Institution: Florida State Univ., Tallahassee. Learning Systems Inst.; Improving the Efficiency of Educational Systems Consortium.
Identifiers - Location: Indonesia