n South African Journal of Education - Teachers' reflections on distributive leadership in public primary schools in Soweto
|Article Title||Teachers' reflections on distributive leadership in public primary schools in Soweto|
|© Publisher:||Education Association of South Africa (EASA)|
|Journal||South African Journal of Education|
|Affiliations||1 University of Johannesburg and 2 University of Johannesburg|
|Publication Date||May 2013|
|Pages||1 - 15|
|Keyword(s)||Activity Theory, Collective leadership, Decision-making, Distributive leadership, Hierarchy, Leadership styles, Power, Principals, School climate and Teacher leadership|
ISI Social Science
Schooling has become increasingly complex in purpose and structure and therefore requires appropriate forms of leadership to address this challenge. One current leadership approach that is receiving national and global attention is distributive leadership. A qualitative approach was employed to investigate teachers' experiences and perceptions of the practice of distributive leadership in public primary schools in Soweto. Soweto is a township in Johannesburg, South Africa, which comprises predominantly black African residents. The findings revealed that leadership in Soweto primary schools is rooted in classical leadership practices and that any potential for the practice of distributive leadership is hindered by autocratic styles of leadership, hierarchical structures, and non-participative decision-making.
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