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Measuring leadership and management and their linkages with literacy in rural and township primary schools in South Africa

Gabrielle Wills () and Servaas van der Berg

No 21/2018, Working Papers from Stellenbosch University, Department of Economics

Abstract: This paper describes a rigorous process to develop and trial new metrics for measuring and codifying school leadership and management practices and processes that are considered theoretically related to literacy outcomes. The predictive validity of these measures is assessed in challenging contexts including 60 township and rural primary schools in South Africa. We observe a randomness to how better leadership and management practices are distributed across better and worse performing schools. Regression analyses confirm weak and inconsistent linkages between measured leadership and management dimensions and literacy outcomes across the sample. However, we find evidence of stronger linkages with intermediate outcomes, including evidence of curriculum coverage. This research contributes to a burgeoning, yet underdeveloped literature on educational management and leadership in Africa and the challenges of measurement in this context.

Keywords: education; management; school quality; leadership; South Africa; literacy (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I21 J24 M12 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Date: 2018
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