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Are they fit for leading? Teachers’ perceptions of leadership practices of Niuean school principals

Lingam, Govinda I. and Lingam, Narsamma (2015) Are they fit for leading? Teachers’ perceptions of leadership practices of Niuean school principals. International Studies in Educational Administration, 43 (1). pp. 35-47. ISSN 1324-1702

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Abstract

The plethora of educational reform initiatives the small island developing states of the Pacific are experiencing poses tremendous challenges to their education systems. Effective implementation and management of education reforms require school leaders to demonstrate effective leadership practices. Using the Leadership Practices Inventory (LPI) that Kouzes and Posner (2013) developed to examine leadership practices of school leaders, this preliminary study elicits subordinates' perceptions of school principals' practices in Niuean schools. Participants were teachers of the two schools in Niue, and analysis of the data relied on two basic statistical descriptors - the mean and the standard deviation. The results show strengths in encouraging the heart, while leadership dimensions needing attention and development include modelling the way, challenging the process, inspiring a shared vision, and enabling others to act. The implications of these results are applicable to other developing contexts within and beyond the Pacific region for leadership preparation and development to improve leadership practices, an essential ingredient in school effectiveness.

Item Type: Journal Article
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Arts, Law and Education (FALE) > School of Education
Faculty of Arts, Law and Education (FALE) > Oceania Centre for Arts, Culture and Pacific Studies
Depositing User: Ms Shalni Sanjana
Date Deposited: 09 Feb 2018 13:31
Last Modified: 09 Feb 2018 13:31
URI: http://repository.usp.ac.fj/id/eprint/10543
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