Educational Leadership with a Difference: A Case Study of Starehe Boys Centre and School, Kenya

By Peter Otiato Ojiambo.

Published by Journal of the World Universities Forum

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Effective school leadership is a subject that has attracted enormous scholarship in recent times. Many governments and schools want to know characteristics of administrators and educational institutions that are making a difference. Although the work done on leadership in general and the education field is enormous, literature on the role of specific educational institutions that are making a difference in school administration and their insights on the meaning of education and effective school leadership is still limited. This paper discusses a leadership trajectory of a high performing high school in Kenya-Starehe Boys Centre and School and its insights on the purpose and meaning of education and educational leadership. The paper contends that although educational challenges are considerable and the route to reform is complex, the potential for leadership to influence school excellence remains unequivocal. The paper affirms that quality of headship in schools matters in determining the motivation of teachers and students and quality of teaching. Further, the paper underscores that an effective education process is expected to be transformational. Educational leadership that is transformational is seen as inspiring, transforming, wholistic, progressive, change-centred and puts the society to a greater developmental pedestal level.

Keywords: Education, Educational Leadership, Transformational Educational Leadership

Journal of the World Universities Forum, Volume 4, Issue 3, pp.57-70. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 774.873KB).

Dr. Peter Otiato Ojiambo

Assistant Professor, Department of African and African-American Studies, The University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas, USA

Dr. Ojiambo is an Assistant Professor of African and African-American Studies, University of Kansas, USA. He earned his Ph.D from Ohio University. He is also a graduate of Moi University, Kenya (BED in Kiswahili and Religious Studies and MPHIL in Educational Foundations) and Ohio University (MA African Studies and International Affairs). Before Joining the University of Kansas, Dr. Ojiambo taught at Ohio University and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Ojiambo’s research and writing interests are in the areas of: African language pedagogy; educational objectives, teaching theories, administrative and curriculum challenges; relational theory in education; school and society. His research focuses on African education, especially in studies on Starehe Boys Center and School of Kenya. He has published in this area and on education, democracy and development. His recent book publication is an educational biography entitled “Teaching beyond Teaching: Dr. Geoffrey William Griffin and Starehe Boys Centre and School.”(VDM Verlag, 2008).


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