The focus of Edu-Lead is the field of education leadership, management and governance at all levels of the education system. School leadership is contextual to the location and context in which the school is functioning, hence it is difficult to assign a specific leadership style for all principals. In the South African context with a large number of schools that are underperforming, it is one of the most important responsibilities of the leaders to manage and lead the change in that organisation for optimal performance in a climate that resists change. The leaders are accountable for achieving higher academic achievements in a positive school environment and climate and therefore they need the necessary skills, knowledge, attitude and values. Leaders need to be equipped to succeed in this endeavour. Education leaders must be prepared to work in a complex and diverse education society. Significant change processes involve social and cultural as well as economic and political aspects: leaders have to take account of the full context of the school.
Vision and strategic aim
The vision of the entity is to establish a niche for research about management and leadership with a focus on educational organisation development and behaviour.
The strategic aim is to development and improvement education, contributing to positive citizenship in the broader South African context.
The goal of the entity is to research educational management and leadership theory and practice at different levels from diverse perspectives. This goal includes management and leadership in and for diversity, the human and inter-and intrapersonal relations in education, the change process for an organisation as well as challenges and opportunities for leaders to improve education and ensure the performance at a high level.
Specific objectives will be:
- To build theory and develop practice on effective professional development of education leaders and managers in diverse context;
- To relate leadership and management to organisational development and behaviour;
- To research and contribute to critical debate on management and leadership in areas such as (but not restricted to) finance, curriculum, information communications technology, governance, policy development and implementation, school safety and health promotion;
- To promote management and leadership at different levels in education such as schools, Early Childhood Development centres, higher education, district and provincial offices;