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ERIC Number: EJ1136736
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Abstractor: As Provided
Distributed Leadership in South African Schools: Possibilities and Constraints
Williams, Clarence G.
South African Journal of Education, v31 n2 p190-200 2011
Before 1994 South African teachers in general, but more specifically women teachers, were effectively excluded from fulfilling meaningful roles as leaders at school level. Since 1994 the Department of Education has promulgated a number of policies in an attempt to actualize distributed leadership in South African schools. Fundamental to distributed leadership is the belief that all teachers have the right and potential to participate in decisions that affect their work. This article unpacks the theoretical underpinnings of the notion of distributed leadership and then investigates the numerous and diverse factors which have prevented the actualization of distributed leadership in South African schools. It is suggested that distributed leadership within schools can be actualized if the combined knowledge, expertise and experience of various role-players and stakeholders are harnessed in a collaborative fashion. While a healthy bout of idealism is required it is important that this idealism be moderated by the recognition of the realities of the South African situation.
Descriptors: Leadership, Foreign Countries, Leaders, Leadership Responsibility, Faculty Development, Teaching (Occupation), Females, Leadership Role, Women Faculty, Leadership Effectiveness, Educational Policy
Education Association of South Africa. University of Pretoria, Centre for the Study of Resilience, Level 3, Groenkloof Student Centre, Department of Educational Psychology, Faculty of Education, George Storrar Road and Lleyds Street, Pretoria 0001, South Africa. Tel: +27-12-420-5798; Fax: +27-12-420-5511; Web site: http://www.sajournalofeducation.co.za/index.php/saje/index
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Identifiers - Location: South Africa