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What is a principal's quality mark? Issues and challenges in leadership progression among primary teachers in Jamaica

What is a principal's quality mark? Issues and challenges in leadership progression among primary teachers in Jamaica

Miller, Paul (2014) What is a principal's quality mark? Issues and challenges in leadership progression among primary teachers in Jamaica. Research in Comparative and International Education, 9 (1). pp. 126-136. ISSN 1745-4999 (doi:https://doi.org/10.2304/rcie.2014.9.1.126)

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Abstract

Perceptions about teacher progression among Jamaica's primary school teachers should force society to stop and ask itself several questions. Are these perceptions accurate? If not, how did these perceptions emerge and what can national leaders and those in positions of authority do to ‘manage’ if not resolve these perceptions? If there is any truth to them, a different set of questions needs to be asked. How did things come to be like this? How can the perception of corruption and mistrust be minimised? What will be done differently going forward? Either way, there is a more fundamental question: Do the current perceptions among teachers mirror perceptions in other areas of the public service? The answers to these questions are not easy. The findings being reported in this article form part of a small-scale qualitative exploratory study aimed at identifying and understanding the perceptions of primary school teachers in Jamaica as regards progression to the rank of principal. The findings point to a number of perceived barriers including religious affiliation, political affiliation, interference, and social connections. This article proposes that promotion on any basis other than merit is problematic and does not promote trust, openness and transparency; nor does it build confidence in those who are part of the system, but themselves do not have such connections and/or affiliations.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: education, primary teachers, Jamaica
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Education, Health & Human Sciences
Last Modified: 25 Nov 2019 15:15
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
Selected for GREAT 2019: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/26116

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