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South African Journal of Education

On-line version ISSN 2076-3433
Print version ISSN 0256-0100

Abstract

NAICKER, Suraiya R  and  MESTRY, Raj. Teachers' reflections on distributive leadership in public primary schools in Soweto. S. Afr. j. educ. [online]. 2013, vol.33, n.2, pp.1-15. ISSN 2076-3433.

Schooling has become increasingly complex in purpose and structure and therefore requires appropriate forms of leadership to address this challenge. One current leadership approach that is receiving national and global attention is distributive leadership. A qualitative approach was employed to investigate teachers' experiences and perceptions of the practice of distributive leadership in public primary schools in Soweto. Soweto is a township in Johannesburg, South Africa, which comprises predominantly black African residents. The findings revealed that leadership in Soweto primary schools is rooted in classical leadership practices and that any potential for the practice of distributive leadership is hindered by autocratic styles of leadership, hierarchical structures, and non-participative decision-making.

Keywords : Activity Theory; collective leadership; decision-making; distributive leadership; hierarchy; leadership styles; power; principals; school climate; teacher leadership.

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