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ERIC Number: EJ893235
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Aug
Pages: 27
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0022-0620
Democratic School Leadership Reforms in Kenya: Cultural and Historical Challenges
Jwan, Julius; Anderson, Lesley; Bennett, Nigel
Journal of Educational Administration and History, v42 n3 p247-273 Aug 2010
In this article we discuss students', teachers' and school principals' perceptions of democratic school leadership reforms in Kenya. The article is based on a study that was conducted in two phases. In phase one (conducted between September and December 2007), interviews were undertaken with 12 school principals in which understandings of democratic school leadership were explored. These data were then used to develop a rationale for selecting the case schools. The second phase (conducted between January and April 2008) was an in-depth case study of two schools. The findings reveal that school principals have made efforts to inculcate democratic school leadership by involving teachers in decision making on school matters. The principals also allow students to participate in matters such as election of prefects and holding class and house meetings. However, most teachers and principals do not support what they referred to as 'full democracy' for students and instead prefer what they called 'partial democracy' based on historical and cultural factors. (Contains 60 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Kenya