n Journal of Emerging Trends in Educational Research and Policy Studies - The contexts for students' learning and effective school improvement through the characteristics of management and organisational analysis

Volume 5, Issue 4
  • ISSN : 2141-6990
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The desire for achieving students' learning and school improvement is contemporarily linked in literature with effective school management. The school as an organisation requires excellent management pedigree characterised with administrative leadership in teaching and learning, programme coordination, community of practice (i.e. interaction between principal, teachers and students) and high academic standards (OECD, 2001). This paper provides a position on the suitability of current managerial practices and organisational analysis in achieving students' learning and school improvement. Discussion on dynamic engagement management approach was obtained from literature and total quality management (TQM) in school management was found to be relevant for obtaining the standards needed in our purpose for this paper. Issues emerged on high quality teacher development and the synthesis of Willis Hawley and Linda Valli (as published in Westchester Institute for Human Services Research), of the professional development literature create satisfying and useful information for achieving students' learning and school improvement. The focus is on schools as an ideal organisation where the conditions of teachers' working life are influenced by the management provided by principals, and it is widely assumed that school leadership directly influences the effectiveness of teachers and the achievement outcomes of students. The teacher represent the techno-structure (within school organisation), and as well known as analysts, design systems concerned with the formal planning, implementation and control of the work, therefore principals must imbibe concrete and current managerial skills, experiences and beliefs to successfully manage teachers in translating their objectives in the structural and logistical changes of school organisation. The focus of the position paper is towards achieving quality learning in schools and making Nigerian children meet up and be part of the struggle in the Global drive towards attaining the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) for children education by 2015. This brief established four characteristics of school management and organisation (process variables) as consistently described in literature and as mentioned in the preceding paragraph. concluded It impacted towards attaining success in students' achievement and school improvement, principals must coordinate and provide teachers with relevant contextual and contemporary teaching functions, teaching procedures and management experiences that would make them function effectively in teaching profession.

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