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Title: Principals’ perceptions and experiences of the role parents play in school governing bodies in rural areas
Authors: Hartell, Cycil 
Dippenaar, Hanlie 
Moen, Melanie 
Dladla, Themba 
Keywords: School governance;Parents’ experiences;Principals’ perceptions;Rural schools;School governing bodies
Issue Date: 2016
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Source: Cycil Hartell, Hanlie Dippenaar, Melanie Moen & Themba Dladla (2016) Principals’ perceptions and experiences of the role parents play in school governing bodies in rural areas, Africa Education Review, 13:1, 120-134, DOI: 10.1080/18146627.2016.1183301
Abstract: This study investigated the perceptions and experiences of rural school principals in South Africa of the role that parents in the school governing bodies (SGBs) play in improving school management and governance. The study reports on a literature review as well as on the empirical investigation, which was based on a qualitative research paradigm. Semi-structured interviews with the principals of three different rural schools were employed to collect data. The literature findings revealed that including parents as part of the SGB is seen as an essential component for the successful functioning of the school. The empirical study also emphasised the importance of including parents. However, the principals were concerned about the fact that many members of the SGB are illiterate and uncertain of the role they play in school governance. The principals emphasised the need for training of the members of SGBs as regards their working knowledge of school governance activities.
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