Deans’ Roles in the Administration of Secondary Schools in an Education District in Trinidad and Tobago

Authors

  • Rene Jerome Wihby The University of the West Indies St. Augustine Campus Trinidad and Tobago
  • Arthur Joseph The University of the West Indies St. Augustine Campus Trinidad and Tobago

Keywords:

PhD, Educational Administration

Abstract

This paper, explores, through the lens of a Pastoral Care Model, deans’ actual roles in secondary schools, and the extent to which these roles were enacted. A qualitative multi-site case study, was employed to generate pertinent data from six secondary schools in a single education district. The sample comprised 6 principals, 12 deans and 67 teachers. Data were collected using semi-structured interviews to garner the perspectives of principals, teachers and deans. The findings suggest that most deans at the secondary schools, spent a disproportionate amount of their time monitoring student indiscipline. As a result, they were rarely engaged in the performance of their other prescribed roles.

Author Biographies

Rene Jerome Wihby, The University of the West Indies St. Augustine Campus Trinidad and Tobago

Assistant Lecturer at the School of Education at The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine Campus. His undergraduate degree and diploma in education are in educational administration. Dr. Wihby specializes in Educational Leadership and Administration and teaches at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels in Educational Administration programmes. He has over 30 years of teaching experience at both the primary and secondary levels to include being a middle manager (Dean) within the local secondary education system. His research interests are in teaching and learning, teacher education, curriculum development, and school leadership.

 

 

School of Education

Assistant Lecturer 

Arthur Joseph, The University of the West Indies St. Augustine Campus Trinidad and Tobago

Has been engaged in the educational sector for 40 years, and has taught at all levels of the educational system except the early childhood level. Dr. Joseph spent 25 years as a mathematics teacher at the secondary level, and had worked as a lecturer in Educational Administration at the School of Education, The University of the West Indies (UWI), St. Augustine. He lectured in Educational Administration at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels. He has done extensive work in school improvement in many schools across Trinidad and Tobago and other Caribbean islands.

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Published

2020-02-06

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