Research Director of the Edu-Lead Niche

Prof Jan Heystek

The Education and Leadership Research Unit (Edu-Lead) was established in 2017 in the Faculty of Education of the NWU. The central scholarly focus of the entity is on leadership at all levels of the education system, with a variety of sub-foci as portrayed by the five project groups:

  • Turnaround strategies at poor-performing secondary schools: Lessons from success cases in historically disadvantaged areas;
  • Promotion of healthy schools in South African schools;
  • The influence of principal leadership styles, school management structures, moral leadership and contextual determinants on a positive school climate;
  • Leadership accountability of principals towards improved quality education (results) in secondary schools;
  • Understanding leadership for and during school change and development in challenging formerly deprived South African context