Vol. 26: Volume 26 (2018/2019)
Articles

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

Rene Jerome Wihby
The University of the West Indies St. Augustine Campus Trinidad and Tobago
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Arthur Joseph
The University of the West Indies St. Augustine Campus Trinidad and Tobago
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Published 2020-02-06

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.