| || || Aleta, Seiuli Junior Thomas.|
| || || Barriers to effective leadership in Tokelau schools : an exploratory study |
Author:Aleta, Seiuli Junior Thomas.
Institution: University of the South Pacific.
Subject: School management and organization -- Tokelau, Teacher participation in administration -- Tokelau , Educational leadership -- Tokelau
Call No.: Pac LB 3012 .4 .A54 2011
Copyright:10-20% of this thesis may be copied without the authors written permission
Abstract: Drawing from Malasa’s (2007) exploratory study of effective leadership in the Solomon Islands, this research study, in a similar vein, attempts to explore the barriers to effective leadership in Tokelau schools. Hence, the study also focuses on the perceptions of principals and stakeholders (Masala, 2007), on the issues which hinder and/or facilitate effective school leadership. It also looked at how the contributions of the principals’ leadership styles, demeanor, competence and experience contributed to school improvement. The research design was informed by the local and international literature which helped develop the conceptual framework for this research study. The research methodology used in this research study is grounded in the phenomenological and qualitative case study research literature. The data collection methods included talanoa, observations, document analysis and in depth interviewing. This research study was undertaken in Tokelau in April, 2009. The most important findings from this study are consistent with the findings by Malasa’s (2007) study in the Solomon Islands. The barriers to effective leadership in Tokelau include: the lack of preparation for principalship, the lack of quality teachers and the high number of teacher aides in the schools, the lack of funding, the lack of resources and facilities, the lack of support for the principals and staff of the schools, policy and systemic issues, the lack of parental and community support, and, other significant factors associated with the geographical location of the schools as well as the social, cultural and economic climate. These factors are noteworthy in understanding the complex factors that impact on the principals and their efforts to develop the local schools. Based on the findings of the study, implications for policy and practice, further research, research methodology and relevant literature are made. Recommendations are presented to help improve the support structures to enhance the leadership capacity of school principals in Tokelau.