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Teacher Empowerment and Cultural Context

The Case of Brunei Darussalam, 1st Edition

By Shanthi Thomas


120 pages

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Teacher empowerment is a psychological and socio-structural motivational process that enhances teacher performance and self-expression. The current conceptualisations of Teacher Empowerment, available in extant literature, have been constructed in an Anglo-Saxon, western cultural context. There have been attempts to transfer the concept to Asian countries, but these attempts were faced with major obstacles since the underlying cultural assumptions are not the same across countries.

This book treads new ground by redefining Teacher Empowerment in the cultural context of South East Asia. Using the case of Brunei Darussalam which has a unique socio-cultural make-up as a melting pot of Malay, Chinese and other Asian cultures, the book offers a unique insight how the Teacher Empowerment dynamics is played out in this context. Covering more than just empowering leadership in schools, the author explores how colleagues, parents, and students empower teachers, and how teachers empower themselves. This book is a valuable guide for educators and educational leaders and researchers in Southeast Asia and beyond, who are committed to the empowerment of teachers, and the qualitative enhancement of the field of education as a whole.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1. Teacher empowerment

Chapter 2. The cultural context

Chapter 3. The role of school leaders in facilitating and/or impeding teacher empowerment

Chapter 4. The role of colleagues in facilitating and/or impeding teacher empowerment

Chapter 5. The role of students and parents in facilitating and/or impeding teacher empowerment

Chapter 6. Self-initiated empowering and disempowering behaviours of teachers

Chapter 7. Empowering/disempowering values, beliefs and dispositions of the individual teacher

Chapter 8. Teacher empowerment process in the study context vis-à-vis western conceptualization

Chapter 9. A proposed model of self-empowerment and disempowerment

Chapter 10. Implications and recommendations



About the Author

Dr. Shanthi Thomas completed her PhD in Education at Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah Institute of Education, Universiti Brunei Darussalam, Brunei Darussalam. She has ten years of experience as a teacher leader, as well as in teaching modules in the Masters in Education and Masters in Teaching courses at Universiti Brunei Darussalam.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Multicultural Education
EDUCATION / Leadership
EDUCATION / Professional Development