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Leading instruction in TVET college campuses: learning from experiences of five campus managers in two colleges.

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The purpose of the study reported in this dissertation was to explore campus managers’ experiences of leading instruction in Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) college campuses. It is responsibility of a campus manager to create a conducive environment for teaching and learning, and also to improve the quality of teaching and learning in TVET colleges. This phenomenon has received little research attention, yet it is important to find out how campus managers perceive leading instruction and how they, through their experiences of leadership create learning environments that are conducive for teaching and learning. The instructional leadership concept, particularly Hallinger and Murphy’s 1985 model was adopted to frame my understanding as I engaged with campus managers’ experiences of leading instruction. A qualitative case study within the interpretive paradigm was adopted to explore the campus managers’ experiences of leading instruction in five campuses of two TVET colleges. Data was generated through semi-structured interviews. National and international scholastic literature was interrogated in order to shed light on the research topic. The analysis of the generated data led to the findings of the college campus managers’ experiences, challenges and responses to the challenges that emerge when they are leading instruction in their campuses. The findings were presented in themes in sequential form that was based on presenting answers to the key research questions. Nine themes were developed to answer the research questions. In addition, in the themes, it emerged that campus managers displayed high levels of collaborative leadership approach as instructional leadership practices in their campuses. It was also concluded that there are challenges which campus managers face in their TVET colleges campuses and some of these challenges are historical and may not be easily fixed by campus managers.


Masters Degree. University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban.