ERIC Number: EJ1019552
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Jan
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 62
Caring School Leadership: A South African Study
van der Vyver, Cornelius P.; van der Westhuizen, Philip C.; Meyer, L. W.
Educational Management Administration & Leadership, v42 n1 p61-74 Jan 2014
The research pivoted on the question whether South African school principals fulfilled their caring role towards teachers. The aims of the study were threefold. First, to determine how principals rated their care-giving, secondly to determine whether significant discrepancies existed between principals' rating of their care-giving and teachers' experiences thereof and thirdly to identify the determinants of care that contributed the most and the least towards principals' care-giving and teachers' ratings thereof. A survey was conducted among a sample of South African teachers and the findings revealed that principals rated their care-giving more positively than teachers did, specifically with regard to certain psychological aspects of care. It is recommended that a strategy should be developed in which the caring role of principals should be addressed. In such a strategy a personal development plan for principals should be included, which addresses specifically the psychological determinants of care.
Descriptors: Caring, Foreign Countries, Principals, Administrator Responsibility, Teacher Surveys, Leadership Role, Teacher Administrator Relationship, Questionnaires, Teacher Attitudes, Administrator Attitudes, Teaching Experience
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: South Africa