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A systems perspective on school improvement approaches

A systems perspective on school improvement approaches In this paper, the impact of school leadership on the learners' academic performance is considered in the South African context. School leadership is a systemic concept that cannot be analysed out of its context and thus we develop a simulation model to investigate the effect of various school leadership and management intervention programs on the principals themselves, and on the schools which they lead. The model is initiated with a mix of narrative and qualitative data. Interventions on the basis of what-if scenarios are modelled to illustrate the systemic nature of the education environment. The model can also assist school leaders to visualise the nonlinearity, time dependence and interdependence of the impact of their decisions. We show that interventions have to be made early and consistently to improve and maintain the system and that there is no immediate silver bullet solution. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png International Journal of Applied Systemic Studies Inderscience Publishers

A systems perspective on school improvement approaches

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Publisher
Inderscience Publishers
Copyright
Copyright © Inderscience Enterprises Ltd
ISSN
1751-0589
eISSN
1751-0597
DOI
10.1504/IJASS.2018.093041
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Abstract

In this paper, the impact of school leadership on the learners' academic performance is considered in the South African context. School leadership is a systemic concept that cannot be analysed out of its context and thus we develop a simulation model to investigate the effect of various school leadership and management intervention programs on the principals themselves, and on the schools which they lead. The model is initiated with a mix of narrative and qualitative data. Interventions on the basis of what-if scenarios are modelled to illustrate the systemic nature of the education environment. The model can also assist school leaders to visualise the nonlinearity, time dependence and interdependence of the impact of their decisions. We show that interventions have to be made early and consistently to improve and maintain the system and that there is no immediate silver bullet solution.

Journal

International Journal of Applied Systemic StudiesInderscience Publishers

Published: Jan 1, 2018

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