Die professionele ontwikkeling van die nuutaangestelde kringbestuurder in die onderwys deur middel van 'n inskakelingsprogram
Smit, Christoffel Andreas
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This study focuses on the need for an induction programme by which especially newly appointed circuit managers and circuit managers with little experience can benefit. This study is not concerned with the training programme for newly appointed circuit managers, but the emphasis is on the professional induction and continued development of educational leaders such as circuit managers. In order to get to the heart of the matter, a literature study was first undertaken to investigate the nature of professional development of which induction is one component. Also, problems that might be experienced by circuit managers and expertise they might need for functioning effectively have been lifted from the literature study. A few induction programmes in developed and developing countries have been analysed and compared to practices in the RSA. Secondly, an empirical study has been undertaken on the perceptions of circuit managers on problems they are experiencing and on expertise they need in order to function optimally in their new work environment. Findings in the literature study reveal that circuit managers experience distinctive problems, and that these problems manifest themselves within the circuit managers themselves, in their work environment, on managerial level, within society and within their careers as educators. Another distinction is that the managerial skills a circuit manager should have can be divided into four categories, viz. technical, personal, social and conceptual skills. The literature study also shows that formal induction in developed countries is run in a programme-driven manner, while in the RSA there is a lack of formal induction programmes as well as a formal mentor system for newly appointed circuit managers. Findings in the empirical study have shown that respondents experience serious problems in especially the work environment, on managerial level and in their teaching careers Less serious problems are experienced in the circuit manager's personal life and within the community. A further indication was that respondents considered all the skills as very important in order to function effectively in their new work environment. The above needs give rise to the formulation of directives for the development and implementation of an induction programme for newly appointed circuit managers. This instruction programme comprises four phases, and the themes of the respective phases have been selected in such a manner that the activities in the total induction process are purposeful and orderly, and aimed at a specific outcome. Recommendations of this study emphasize the importance of a formal induction programme as well as a formal monitoring system for newly appointed circuit managers in die RSA Also, there is an urgent necessity for a formal and structured job description. ongoing skills development and the establishment/formulation of a national policy, determining the nature and level of management training. Without doubt the most important influence on the quality of circuit managers in the RSA is their own expertise, and the induction of newly appointed circuit managers is the sine qua non for the development of competent education managers.
- Education