Transforming Teacher-self Efficacy Through Teacher-principal Relationships? Making Sense of Conflict Management in the Rural School Environment (73316)

Session Information: Educational Policy, Leadership, Management & Administration
Session Chair: Yu-Ran Chen

Thursday, 23 November 2023 11:20
Session: Session 2
Room: Room 604
Presentation Type: Oral Presentation

All presentation times are UTC + 9 (Asia/Tokyo)

Management of employment relationships are critical in a school in an effort to create a learning culture in school communities in the best interest of learners and all stakeholders. Conflicts between teachers and principal are inevitable. Teacher-principal conflicts may be associated with several issues including, power-imbalances, interpersonal issues, and communication breakdowns. However, conflicts that arise due to interpersonal issues are critical as they adversely affect effective promotion of teaching and learning within a school environment. Teacher-principal conflicts can seriously damage school climate, erode a good school culture, teacher’ self-efficacy and ultimately affect student achievement if not managed. Dzindi circuit, situated in the Northern parts of the rural Vhembe District, has a number of primary schools whose performance is regarded as seriously below the set target of the circuit. There could be contributory factors to this performance which may include teacher efficacy. Teachers' self-efficacy is an important factor in their performance and job satisfaction, particularly in rural primary schools where teachers may face unique challenges such as isolation and limited resource. We assume that teacher-principal conflict in the school climate could be affecting teachers' self-efficacy of staff flexibility and goal consensus. While literature on efficacy cites multiple factors known to affect a teacher's sense of efficacy, teacher-principals’ management strategies on teachers ‘self- efficacy in rural primary schools need to be established. This interpretive study, collecting data through face-to-face in-depth interviews will be conducted with teachers and principals from purposely selected schools.

Azwidohwi Philip Kutame, University of Zululand, South Africa
Fulufhuwani Grace Mulaudzi, University of Zululand, South Africa
Sibongile Ingrid Kapueja, University of Zululand, South Africa

About the Presenter(s)
Professor Azwidohwi Philip Kutame is a University Professor/Principal Lecturer at University of Zululand in South Africa

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