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Staff motivation : the secondary school principal's role and task (Department of Education and Culture : House of Representatives)

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dc.contributor.author Schofield SE en
dc.date.accessioned 2016-09-22T09:55:14Z
dc.date.available 2016-09-22T09:55:14Z
dc.date.created 1987 en
dc.date.submitted 1988 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11892/65312
dc.description.abstract Staff motivation can be regarded as one of the most important responsibilities of the principal of a secondary school. A performance crisis is being experienced in secondary schools as a result of the following factors: indifferent and uninvolved teachers; underqualified and/or overloaded teachers; negative and demotivating socio-economic and political forces; the disruptive effects of class boycotts and passive resistance to authority; and the incompetence and lack of pedagogic preparedness of some teachers which is reflected in their inability to deal with sophisticated adolescents. The principal, to combat the negative effect of these factors, can study and apply various theories on motivation, which will allow him to: improve the attendance, performance and personal involvement of teachers; effect an acceptance of responsibilities without threats; and change routine tasks into new teaching methods. The principal must maintain a positive leadership style. As the primary motivator, it is his task to: create a healthy educational management climate; promote healthy interpersonal relationships between management and staff; and complete administrative and extra-curricular tasks effectively. An effective communication system is a prerequisite for effective performance by the school manager. To use communication as a tool for motivation, the principal must: show an open, positive attitude; evaluate his information critically; be a discerning listener; and apply the principle of comprehensive feedback. It is undeniable that staff motivation is an integral part of educational management. It is, however, impossible to create a perfect motivation approach, which means that motivation strategies will have to be adjusted according to the circumstances. en
dc.language English en
dc.subject Education en
dc.subject Administration of education (from primary to secondary level) en
dc.title Staff motivation : the secondary school principal's role and task (Department of Education and Culture : House of Representatives) en
dc.type Masters degree en
dc.description.degree MEd en

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