Document Type Master's Dissertation Author Mabusela, Mapula Rebecca firstname.lastname@example.org URN etd-04062010-142407 Document Title How women principals negotiate school culture Degree MEd Department Education Management and Policy Studies Supervisor
Advisor Name Title Prof T S Phendla Supervisor Keywords
- educational arena
Date 2009-09-01 Availability restricted Abstract
School leadership remains a male-dominated position in many schools. This is largely the reason why few women, who happen to be principals, find it difficult to command respect as core partners within the educational arena, and, they, therefore, need to negotiate school culture.
This research intends to explore how women principals negotiate school culture in the rural schools of the North-West Province of South Africa. The purpose is to understand how women handle this leadership role as they handle the business of the day in a school setting
The research took the form of a case study to provide detailed descriptive information of each participant. The case study used semi-structured interviews, observation and document analysis to collect data. I purposefully selected three women principals to participate in this research. Selection was made from the three categories of schools: primary school, middle school and high school. The multiple setting was deliberate, in order to explore the differences and commonalities that might occur amongst the women principals in their leadership role.
A consent form covering all the ethical issues of voluntary participation, confidentiality and anonymity was sent to the participants.
The use of qualitative research methods helped me to understand how women, as leaders, navigate the way things are done, given the demands of school-based management in the midst of adversity, discrimination, marginalisation and lack of support.
The study is based on the data drawn from two semi-structured interviews of one hour each, a one-day shadowing session and the analysis of one artefact of each woman.
The study is significant in that the findings might add to the growing body of information about women in leadership.
Dominant concepts that emerged from the study:
Lack of resources
Need for support structures
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