1st Edition

School Leadership for Democratic Education in South Africa Perspectives, Achievements and Future Challenges Post-Apartheid

    286 Pages 9 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    286 Pages 9 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    School Leadership for Democratic Education in South Africa explores the democratization and modernization of education in South Africa, analyzing the state of school leadership in South African schools from the time of the new democratic education dispensation in 1994 to the present day.

    The book maps out what the future of education in South Africa could look like and explores the most conducive educational environments for change in South African schools. It adopts a critical approach to analyzing leadership and management in the context of school governance, school effectiveness, teacher development, multiculturalism and equity in education. Contributions explore the democratization and modernization of education in South Africa through examining different perspectives, achievements and challenges, and also consider issues around access to technology, language policy and the curriculum along with new literature on selected aspects of leadership.

    This book will be of great interest for researchers, scholars, and students in the fields of educational leadership, sociology of education, and teacher education.


    1. Conceptualizing leadership and school leadership in a democratic South Africa: an evolving leadership perspective
    2. R. Mestry

    3. School leadership and governance
    4. M.I. Xaba

    5. School effectiveness and improvement in a South African school context
    6. R Mestry & T Makoelle

    7. School leadership and teacher appraisal, performance and professional development in South African schools
    8. M Tshelane

    9. School leadership within a unionized school environment : a structural-Marxist analysis perspective
    10. VT Zengele

    11. School leadership and teacher leadership: the role of distributed leadership towards teacher leaders
    12. TM Makoelle

    13. Managing and leading multiculturalism and multilingualism in a democratic school environment LDN Tlale
    14. School leadership and curriculum management for quality teaching and learning by school management teams
    15. T.I Mogashoa

    16. Managing inclusive schools in South African schools: a transformational leadership perspective
    17. T. Makhalemele & T.M. Makoelle

    18. Leading schools as centers of technological practice
    19. P. Naidoo & K. Rasool

    20. Legal framework for the status of school leaders in South Africa
    21. P. du Plessis

    22. School leadership and learner discipline
    23. P du Plessis

    24. School Leadership and Financial Management
    25. R. Mestry

    26. School leadership and gender
    27. LDN Tlale

    28. Conclusion


    Tsediso Michael Makoelle is Vice Dean for Research at the Graduate School of Education, Nazarbayev University, Kazakhstan.

    Thabo Makhalemele is Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Education in the School for Psycho-Social Education at the University of North-West, South Africa.

    Pierre du Plessis is a Professor and Head of Department in the Department of Educational Leadership and Management at the University of Johannesburg, South Africa.