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Journal of Education (University of KwaZulu-Natal)

On-line version ISSN 2520-9868
Print version ISSN 0259-479X

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KOMITI, Moikabi  and  MOOROSI, Pontso. Career development of women principals in Lesotho: Influences, opportunities and challenges. Journal of Education [online]. 2020, n.79, pp.95-114. ISSN 2520-9868.  http://dx.doi.org/10.17159/2520-9868/i79a07.

In this paper, we present findings from a study that explored career development of women principals of high schools in Lesotho. The aim of the study was to understand how women principals construct career development experiences by looking specifically into how they choose careers in teaching, how these careers transition from teaching to principalship, and what career advancement opportunities exist in a particular context. Through a qualitative narrative inquiry, we conducted in-depth interviews with eight women principals on their personal and professional lives. The findings revealed that family played a significant role in influencing women's teaching career choices, while transitions from teaching to principalship were influenced by levels of readiness and desire to implement change and to improve student outcomes. Opportunities of career advancement included self-initiated study which improved qualifications, taking advantage of chances to perform leadership roles, as well as self-confidence and self-drive to actively seek promotion.

Keywords : women principals; career choices; career transitions; career opportunities; career development.

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