Leadership and Strategic Management in South African Schools

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Marianne Coleman, Michael Thurlow, Tony Bush
Commonwealth Secretariat, 2003 - Education - 242 pages
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"All South Africans must now unite and join hands and say we are one country, one nation, one people, marching together into the future." -- Nelson Mandela
Human resource development is a high priority if South Africa is to improve teaching and education management to meet present and future needs. Many teachers have only limited training and most principals and senior staff have received no specific preparation for their management roles. This series, Managing Schools in South Africa, seeks to fill that gap. It aims to develop material directly relevant to school management. It integrates the best of theory, research and practice drawn from the most appropriate international sources which is directly applicable to a wide range of South African schools.

The focus of this volume is leadership and strategic management. Its central purpose is to provide insights into effective strategic management as a major contribution towards educational transformation in South Africa. Aimed at managers wishing to enhance their knowledge in the field of educational management, it offers guidelines on important aspects of good school management.

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I haven't read the whole book yet but I intend to. I am currently interested in Strategic Management and the chapters on Strategic Management (Chapter 11), and Development Planning (Chapter 12) are very useful as an introduction to the process of strategic planning in schools. The models described (Johnson and Scholes 1993 - Strategic Planning and Hargreaves and Hopking 1991 - Development Planning) and are only skeletons and it will be necessary to research further to get a more comprehensive and critical understanding of the processes described and to review alternative models to those described. The chapters are well cited, and referenced, and there is plenty of scope for additional reading. 


The Context of Education Management
List of Tables and Figures
The Management of Schools
Theory and Practice in Educational Management
Organisational Structure
The external structure for school management in
Number of promoted posts principal deputy principal
Organisational Culture
Effectiveness and improvement typology of schools
Quality Assurance and Accountability
The hierarchy of quality management
Theories of Leadership
Leadership and Roles
Strategic Management and Planning
Strategic planning in context
Development Planning

Managing the Change Process
Number of schools indicating factors which cause
School Effectiveness and School Improvement
The development planning cycle
The development plan and action plans

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About the author (2003)

Marianne Coleman is senior lecturer in educational management at the University of Leicester School of Education.

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