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Title:Towards a leadership model for the effective management of Further Education and Training colleges
Authors:Mohlokoane, M.J.S.ISNI
Coetzer, I.A.
Periodical:Africa Education Review
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:higher education
educational reform
educational management
External link:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/18146620701412118
Abstract:This article focuses on the need for a leadership model for the effective management of Further Education and Training (FET) colleges in the Gauteng Province of South Africa. The research was motivated by the call for sound leadership in FET colleges that are grappling with the challenges of merging. A literature study showed that the study of leadership is interdisciplinary, covering a vast terrain, which encompasses the political, corporate, educational and human service domains. In 1994 the South African government inherited a fragmented, segregated and bureaucratic education system providing poor quality education. The necessary reform of the FET sector has placed enormous pressure on FET college leadership. A qualitative approach was used for this study to provide explanations for a need for effective leadership models for FET colleges. A case study of a merger of Soshanguwe, Mamelodi and Pretoria FET colleges was chosen by purposeful sampling, and data collected by means of document analysis, individual interviews and observation. The various aspects of FET college leadership discussed include leadership strategies and approaches; the vision and mission and organizational structures of the college; the opportunities offered by the FET college mergers; and the management of resistance to change. The research concludes with recommendations and a proposed leadership model for effective management of FET colleges. Bibliogr., sum. [Journal abstract, edited]