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Strengthening collaboration with the community for sustainable development: implications for school leadership

Lingam, Narsamma and Lingam, Govinda I. (2020) Strengthening collaboration with the community for sustainable development: implications for school leadership. In: Leadership, Community Partnerships and Schools in the Pacific Islands: Implications for Quality Education. Springer Nature, Singapore. ISBN 978-981-15-6482-6

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Abstract

The study reported here focused on school-community partnership that is directly related to school-wide improvements. Specifically, it explored school leaders’ perceptions of challenges faced in establishing a strong relationship with the school-community for sustainable development. The participants for the study were rural high school principals from different geographical settings located in the rugged terrain of Fiji. Data for the study were gathered from interviews with these participants who attended a school leadership training programme. The data showed that the school leaders faced difficulties in working collaboratively with the school-community to expand and enhance students learning opportunities. The challenges of establishing networks and creating meaningful partnerships can be partially explained by their lack of adequate professional preparation in specific-leadership skills. The existence of such inadequacies resulting from the lack of systematic training of the school leaders hampers the quality of education their schools can provide. This has implications for the children’s learning outcomes, the school community’s expectations for education and government’s investment in education.

Item Type: Book Chapter
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Arts, Law and Education (FALE) > School of Education
Depositing User: Ms Shalni Sanjana
Date Deposited: 09 Nov 2020 16:29
Last Modified: 09 Nov 2020 16:29
URI: http://repository.usp.ac.fj/id/eprint/12454
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