1st Edition

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

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ISBN 9780367639327
July 30, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
272 Pages 9 B/W Illustrations

USD $160.00

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Book Description

School Leadership for Democratic Education in South Africa explores the democratization and modernization of education in South Africa, analysing 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 analysing 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.

Table of Contents


  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

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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.