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LEADERSHIP BEHAVIOUR AND PRACTICES OF A HEAD TEACHER IN AN EXCELLENT SCHOOL

AZIAN BINTI AHMAD SHAHARBI

A dissertation submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Education Centre for Graduate Studies Open University Malaysia

2010

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AZIAN BINTI AHMAD SHAHARBI CGS00217906

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LEADERSHIP BEHAVIOUR AND PRACTICES OF A HEAD TEACHER IN AN EXCELLENT SCHOOL AZIAN BINTI AHMAD SHAHARBI DECEMBER 2010 ABSTRACT

The purpose of this study is to explore the behaviours and practices of a head teacher in an excellent school. This study also intends to find out the leadership behaviours and practices of the head teacher that contribute towards the excellent academic and co-curricular achievements and how the excellent results are consistently maintained year after year. Additionally, this study also hopes to explore the head teacher’s administrative style in the school. The qualitative research framework was adopted to gain an understanding of the head teacher’s leadership behaviour and practices. The research design was a single case study, where data was collected through interviews, observations and document analysis. The school under study scored more than ninety percent passes in the UPSR examination, sports and co-curricular champions at the zone and district level besides being free of any discipline problems. The subject in this study was the head teacher of the school while the key informants comprised five teachers, two support staff and two parents from the school. Transcriptions of the interviews and field notes were made immediately after each interview and observation. The findings of the study revealed that the vision of the head teacher was paramount for school excellence; teaching of the curriculum was top priority; programmes for individual pupils’ indifferences were implemented; collaborative leadership practiced in the administration and most major decisions regarding academic or non academic were made in consensus with the staff. The findings of the study also revealed various implications such as the importance of effective managerial skills used in executing instructional tasks as well as implementing effective academic, co-curricular and discipline programmes for school excellence.

TINGKAH LAKU KEPEMIMPINAN DAN AMALAN SEORANG GURU BESAR DI SEBUAH SEKOLAH CEMERLANG AZIAN BINTI AHMAD SHAHARBI DISEMBER 2010 ABSTRAK

Kajian ini bertujuan untuk mengenalpasti tingkahlaku kepemimpinan seorang guru besar di sebuah sekolah cemerlang. Ia juga ingin mengkaji tingkahlaku kepemimpinan seorang guru besar yang menyumbang ke arah kecemerlangan pencapaian akademik, kokurikulum dan sahsiah serta bagaimana kecemerlangan ini berjaya dikekalkan tahun demi tahun. Kajian ini juga bertujuan untuk mengkaji dengan lebih lanjut mengenai corak pentadbiran guru besar tersebut. Kajian ini merupakan satu kajian kes yang menggunakan pendekatan kualitatif. Temubual, pemerhatian serta analisis dokumen dijalankan untuk tujuan pengumpulan data. Sekolah yang telah dipilih untuk kajian ini merupakan sebuah sekolah yang telah berjaya mendapat peratus kelulusan melebihi sembilan puluh peratus di dalam peperiksaan UPSR serta menjadi johan dalam berbagai aktiviti sukan dan kokurikulum di peringkat zon dan daerah, dan cemerlang di dalam bidang sahsiah. Subjek kajian ini adalah guru besar manakala informan utama terdiri daripada lima orang guru, dua orang kakitangan bukan guru dan dua orang ibu bapa kepada murid di sekolah ini. Untuk tujuan menganalisis data, transkripsi temubual dan nota-nota lapangan dibuat sebaik sahaja selesai setiap satu temubual dan pemerhatian. Dapatan kajian menunujukkan bahawa visi seorang guru besar adalah elemen penting dalam menentukan kecemerlangan sesebuah sekolah;...
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