TITLE

In Search of a Liberating Practice: Leadership, Teacher Commitment and the Struggle for Effective Schools

AUTHOR(S)
Msila, Vuyisile
PUB. DATE
December 2013
SOURCE
International Studies in Educational Administration (Commonwealt;2013, Vol. 41 Issue 3, p95
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Conscientious school leaders and managers today constantly try to steer their schools to success. The national departments of education in every country wish to see learners in schools succeeding. However, we have many deteriorating schools in our midst and various reasons are furnished for their failure to attain learner achievement. Ongoing research has illustrated that many schools in South Africa are dysfunctional and not able to perform as expected by stakeholders. Various critics point out that school leadership and management inefficiency leads to underperformance and paralysis of the school as an organisation. Arguably, however, even with an able visionary team at the helm, schools will not perform effectively without the meaningful commitment of the teaching staff. This paper utilises literature to explore the role of teacher commitment in school success. Various debates demonstrate that commitment should be the basis of any successful school. The paper also delves into pertinent themes in teacher commitment, namely the political ethic, school culture, power dynamics and servant leadership.
ACCESSION #
93400588

 

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