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Journal of Education and Development in the Caribbean

Leadership Strategies for Turning Around Underperforming Schools: An Examination of the Experiences of Two Schools in Jamaica

Publication Date: 
December 2017

The problem of underperforming schools has been a feature of the educational landscape of Jamaica for decades. The scientific literature on school leadership is consistent in the view that the quality of leadership is one of the two most critical factors in determining the performance of a school. This study seeks to explore what specific elements of leadership were responsible for the turnaround that two non-traditional high schools in Jamaica have experienced. The study found six themes in the strategies which were used by the principals to realize turnaround in their schools. 

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