n Journal of Educational Studies - Predictors of instructional leadership practices : lessons learnt from Bushbuckridge, South Africa

Special issue 1
  • ISSN : 1680-7456



The aim of this paper is to examine the instructional leadership practices of school principals that would enhance management and leadership. Structured questionnaires (n=228) completed by deputy principals and departmental heads, showed that instructional leadership was composed of four sub-dimensions, which could be used to identify areas for possible improvement. Using multiple regression analysis, the sub-dimension of "Monitoring and providing feedback on the teaching and learning process" was the best predictor of instructional leadership. Furthermore, self-confidence of the principal and knowledge of current developments in the curriculum regarding instructional leadership, attending and participating in curriculum-related workshops, and communicating curriculum goals to teachers were considered crucial to ensure that principals become instructional leaders.

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