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South African Journal of Education

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

Abstract

MOOROSI, Pontŝo  and  BANTWINI, Bongani D. School district leadership styles and school improvement: evidence from selected school principals in the Eastern Cape Province. S. Afr. j. educ. [online]. 2016, vol.36, n.4, pp.1-9. ISSN 2076-3433.  http://dx.doi.org/10.15700/saje.v36n4a1341.

The purpose of this study was to investigate how leadership styles in the Eastern Cape school districts support school improvement. Mixed methods research was employed and data was collected through the use of questionnaires and semi-structured interviews with school principals in various districts. The study was guided by the following questions: (1) what are the most common leadership styles among the school district officials in the province; and (2) how do the prevailing leadership style/s appear to support or hinder change and school improvement in the district? The quantitative data was analysed using Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS) for statistical analysis, while qualitative data analysis followed the iterative approach as suggested by Miles and Huberman (1994). Findings revealed prevalence of more authoritarian top-down leadership styles, which tend to have negative effects on school improvement. The paper ends with recommendations for more empirical work that would uncover district leadership approaches that influence the success of the districts and support school improvement.

Keywords : district leadership; education reform; leadership styles; school district; school improvement.

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