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A Preliminary Study of Leadership in the Rural Context in Malaysia

Yap, Mary Kain Ching and Siow, Heng Loke (2016) A Preliminary Study of Leadership in the Rural Context in Malaysia. Asian Journal of University Education, 12 (2). pp. 1-19. ISSN 1823-7797

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The paper focused on the review of literature particularly in relation to rural education in the Malaysian context. This exposed the scarcity of research on effective leadership practices in rural context especially in Malaysia. This awareness is an impetus for future researchers to venture into this issue and subsequently contribute to the knowledge corpus of effective leadership practices in the rural context. The paper also put forth a review of a preliminary study conducted on an award winning Head Teacher as observed in a rural primary school in Sarawak who had elevated his school to a higher stratum by clinching an international award, the Commonwealth Education Good Practice Award. Unstructured observations and informal interviews had been conducted and the data collected had been analysed using open, axial and selective coding processes. The preliminary findings had been mapped onto five main settings namely human, interactional, physical, programme and emotional. The review of this preliminary study exemplified the value of investigating leadership practices particularly in their specific rural context as different contexts might entail different leadership practices.

Item Type: Journal
Uncontrolled Keywords: Rural education in the Malaysian context; leadership; head teacher; rural primary school; physical setting; human setting; interactional setting; programme setting; emotional setting
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Divisions: School of Education & Cognitive Science
Depositing User: Aida Rashidah Maajis
Date Deposited: 17 Aug 2017 01:46
Last Modified: 22 Jun 2019 03:46

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