A profile of effective leadership in some South African high-poverty schools

South African Journal of Education. 2008;28(1):1-18


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Journal Title: South African Journal of Education

ISSN: 0256-0100 (Print); 2076-3433 (Online)

Publisher: Education Association of South Africa

Society/Institution: Education Association of South Africa

LCC Subject Category: Education: Education (General) | Education: Special aspects of education

Country of publisher: South Africa

Language of fulltext: English

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Gerrit Kamper


Double blind peer review

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Time From Submission to Publication: 16 weeks


Abstract | Full Text

The struggle of high-poverty schools for survival is well documented. Some have overcome poverty-related odds and performed exceptionally well, prompting the following research question: What elements constitute a profile of effective leadership in high-poverty schools? Investigations conducted at six successful high-poverty schools revealed the contribution of invitational leadership to this success. I look at the personal traits and capabilities of effective leaders in high-poverty schools, as presented in a leadership profile.