ERIC Number: EJ1001541
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Nov
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 32
Evolving Leadership Required in South African Schools
Botha, R. J.
Research in Education, v88 p40-49 Nov 2012
As countries struggle to transform their education systems to equip learners with the knowledge and skills needed to function in rapidly changing societies, the roles and expectations for school leaders have also changed. School reform initiatives that are continually taking place necessitate new ways of thinking with regard to our concept of educational leadership. Principals can simply no longer lead in the old and traditional ways. This article, based on a descriptive review of the literature, focuses on evolving school leadership within the changing school context. It portrays the South African school context as dynamic and characterised by the interaction of external and internal factors, with the latter dominated by issues such as school-based management and dysfunctional schools. Understanding this dynamic nature and the enormous challenges that emerge is a prerequisite for understanding the types of leadership approaches suitable for the new environment.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Educational Change, Instructional Leadership, School Based Management, School Restructuring, Social Change, Leadership Styles, Principals, Creativity
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: South Africa