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The relationship between leadership style and school climate in Botswana secondary schools

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dc.contributor.advisor Pretorius, S. G. (Prof.) en Oyetunji, Christianah Oluwatoyin en 2009-08-25T11:02:46Z 2009-08-25T11:02:46Z 2009-08-25T11:02:46Z 2006-06-29 en
dc.identifier.citation Oyetunji, Christianah Oluwatoyin (2009) The relationship between leadership style and school climate in Botswana secondary schools, University of South Africa, Pretoria, <> en
dc.description.abstract In Botswana secondary schools, a positive climate is more of an ideal than a reality. It is the task of stakeholders particularly the headteacher's to create and sustain a conducive learning environment to improve pupils' academic and behaviour standards. To a large extent, the headteacher, as an individual occupying the highest official position in the school, determines how the school is run. His/her expectations, values, beliefs, relationships with teachers and the examples he/she sets for the whole school shape the climate in the school. The headteacher can promote or inhibit a positive climate through his/her leadership behaviour pattern. Thus, the headteacher's leadership style is significant in creating and sustaining a positive school climate. This study has been undertaken to examine the connectedness between headteacher leadership style and school climate. This research focuses on the improvement of climate in Botswana secondary schools through the headteacher's appropriate use of leadership styles in different situations with a view to answer the following questions: What different leadership styles are employed by school headteachers? What are the different types of climates in schools? Are the leadership styles of school headteachers responsible for the climate that exists in their schools? What are the implications of the headteachers' leadership styles for school climate? How can school climate be improved? What roles can the headteachers, teachers and other stakeholders play to improve school climate? The research report comprises six chapters: Chapter one contains the background information of the research, statement of the research problem, aim and objectives of the research, demarcation of the study, definition of concepts, research methods and the research structure. Chapter two presents a review of literature on leadership styles, factors affecting it and discussion of models from different perspectives form part of this chapter. However, the emphasis is on Hersey and Blanchard's situational model which proposes the appropriate use of leadership styles to suit situations. Chapter three covers a review of relevant literature on school climate and factors affecting it. Chapter four presents detailed report on the empirical study. Questionnaires each of which contains items on leadership styles and school climate were responded to by secondary school teachers and interviews were conducted with headteachers. Chapter five contains data analysis and interpretation. Various leadership styles used by headteachers and the corresponding climates were identified. The findings indicated that the type of climate that exists in schools is related to the headteachers leadership style. It emerged that organisational climates vary in schools and that the participating leadership style promotes an open organisational climate. Implications for school performance and for the nation's vision (Vision 2016) was given. Chapter six presents findings from the literature study as well as the empirical study, conclusions based on the findings and recommendations for improvement for practice and further research. en
dc.format.extent 1 online resource (xi, 216, [7] leaves)
dc.language.iso en en
dc.subject Vision 2016 en
dc.subject Accountability en
dc.subject Parent Involvement en
dc.subject Headteacher-teacher Relationship en
dc.subject Closed/Open Climate en
dc.subject School Climate en
dc.subject Leadership Styles en
dc.subject Pupils' Behaviour en
dc.subject Poor Academic Performance en
dc.subject Teachers' Commitment en
dc.subject.ddc 373.12012096883
dc.subject.lcsh School management and organization--Botswana
dc.subject.lcsh School supervision--Botswana
dc.subject.lcsh High school principals--Botswana
dc.subject.lcsh Educational leadership--Botswana
dc.subject.lcsh Education, Secondary--Botswana
dc.subject.lcsh School environment--Botswana
dc.title The relationship between leadership style and school climate in Botswana secondary schools en
dc.type Thesis en en
dc.description.department Educational Studies en DED (EDUC MANAGEMENT) en

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