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Existing Knowledge Base and Perspectives of Principals on Weaker Links in Educational Leadership Preparation in Kerala.

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Background: lack of preparation programmes relevant to the job demands of school administrators and a lack of sequence, modern content, and experience in preparation programmes continues to plague educational leadership preparation. Purpose: of this study is to gauge the perspectives of principals on the strengths and weakness in educational leadership programmes, especially in the weaker links of educational leadership as perceived by teachers, and to identify experienced and successful practices. Setting: is secondary school in Kerala state of India. Study Sample: constitute 570 teachers from 50 schools, 30 books on educational administration and four highly experienced principals. Research Design: used secondary analysis of survey data, content analyses and semi- structured interview. Data Collection and Analysis: used Leadership Behaviour Scale, Content Analysis of books on educational administration, Semi-structured interview with principals. Findings: School administrators lack ability in planning, controlling, effectively communicating with and providing motivation to teachers. Principals get confused when many things are planned simultaneously, they worry about the outcome of anything newly implemented and fail to predict the trends of different events and they are prone to make last minute changes in decisions including decisions taken in the school council by the influence of external forces. They fail also to maintain a balance between observing the official rules along with instilling confidence in their colleagues and to express creative criticism harmoniously and in providing humanitarian consideration to colleagues. Content analysis revealed that there is not enough accumulated body of knowledge and practice to foster the competencies expected from an educational leader for realizing the current visions on education in the local context of Kerala. Experienced Leaders are characterised by a time-bound daily, terminal and annual plan; use of distributed leadership to ensure control; and emancipatory leadership to make school a real part of the community. Conclusion: educational leadership preparation in Kerala, as elsewhere around the globe, suffers from, a lack of a definition of good educational leadership; a lack of leader recruitment programmes in the schools; a lack of systematic professional development for school administrators; a lack of quality candidates for preparation programmes; a lack of preparation programmes relevant to the job demands of school administrators; a lack of sequence, modern content, and experience in preparation programmes and a lack of certification and licensure systems to promote excellence. One appendix is included: (1) The List of Books Analysed for Content.

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Author:Gafoor, K. Abdul; Shareeja, M. C. Ali
Publication:ERIC: Reports
Article Type:Author abstract
Geographic Code:9INDI
Date:Jun 13, 2009
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