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Pages: 3718-3726
Publication year: 2017
ISBN: 978-84-697-6957-7
ISSN: 2340-1095
doi: 10.21125/iceri.2017.1000

Conference name: 10th annual International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation
Dates: 16-18 November, 2017
Location: Seville, Spain

SPECIFIC TRAINING NEEDS FOR SCHOOL PRINCIPALS IN ANGOLA

M. Abelha1, I. Martins2, C. Lopes1, M. Barreto Nunes3, E.A. Machado1

1University of Portucalense, Portucalense Institute for Human Development - INPP (PORTUGAL)
2Agrupamento de Escolas de Estarreja (PORTUGAL)
3University of Portucalense, Portucalense Institute for Legal Research – IJP (PORTUGAL)
The school principal is responsible for the achievement of the school’s educational goals, the good performance of all the school members and the fulfillment of the quality patterns defined by the learning system and the national or local legislation (Lück, 2009).

Within the Angolan educational system, the nomination of school principals appears to be more a matter of politics than special academic and professional competencies of those who are appointed to the job. It is therefore urgent to rethink the formal and non-formal training of school principals, in order to avoid a situation where the school management is based more in good sense and reactive responses then in a knowledge-based action.

In this context, the present case study, centered in the High Schools of the Benguela Municipality (Angola), aims to define a set of competencies that should be required for the job and, hence, the specific training needs for the exercise of the school principal’s functions.
In order to respond to this research question three goals were defined:
i) to characterize the academic and professional profile of the school principals of the I Cycle of Benguela’s High School Principals;
ii) to diagnose the training needs of the school principals of the 1st Cycle of Benguela’s High School Principals; and
iii) to produce knowledge about the specific training needs for the exercise of the school principal’s job in High Schools of the Benguela Municipality.

The empirical study was developed during the academic year of 2014. A mixed methodology was used and data collection was based on institutional documentation, participatory observation and a questionnaire created by the authors of the present study. The sample coincides with the population and consists of all the 25 school principals of the Benguela Municipality High Schools. Preliminary data analysis that will be presented in this paper is based on descriptive statistic technics applied to the results of the inquiry.

In face of the multiplicity of competences and intrinsic dynamics of the situations that may occur in school context, results show that there is an effective need of investment in special training for the exercise of the job of school principal; in fact, besides specific programs centered in specific themes, theoretical and practical post-graduated training is demanded, making it possible for future and existing school principals to analyze and reflect on the job, characterized by complex situations that can’t be solved or predicted without qualified knowledge, no matter how many years someone has already experienced on the exercise of the functions.

References:
[1] Lück, H. (2009). Dimensões da gestão escolar e suas competências. Curitiba: Editora Positivo.
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title = {SPECIFIC TRAINING NEEDS FOR SCHOOL PRINCIPALS IN ANGOLA},
series = {10th annual International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation},
booktitle = {ICERI2017 Proceedings},
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M. Abelha, I. Martins, C. Lopes, M. Barreto Nunes, E.A. Machado (2017) SPECIFIC TRAINING NEEDS FOR SCHOOL PRINCIPALS IN ANGOLA, ICERI2017 Proceedings, pp. 3718-3726.
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