Graduates’ perception of a Leadership Program for Teachers and Aspiring Leaders in the South Pacific

Wahab Ali

Abstract


The postgraduate leadership program (PGLP) offered by the Education Department at The University of Fiji is aimed at immersing teachers and aspiring leaders into a world of educational entrepreneurship. The aim of this study is to explicate the impact of the PGLP on its relevance as perceived by its graduates. A survey using five point Likert type scale and open-ended questions was administered to a cohort of graduates of the PGLP from 2008 to 2013 to explore their perceptions of the PGLP. Qualitative data was analysed using thematic approach while SPSS was used to analyze the quantitative data. All data collected was synthesised according to the mixed methods conventions and findings are discussed according to the research questions and pertinent emerging themes. Results indicate that in general graduates are pleased with the theoretical and practical components of the leadership program. However, findings reveal there is room for improvement in regards to the provision of assessment feedback and student services. The study concludes by elucidating certain recommendations for improvement that in turn can make the leadership program more relevant to the needs of teachers and aspiring leaders in Fiji and beyond.

Keywords


innovation; leadership styles; capacity building; professional development; leadership strategies

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