TEACHING EDUCATION ADMINISTRATION TO ALL BACHELORS IN EDUCATION STUDENTS.
My thoughts on this subject has evolved based on my experiences and observations of the dynamics in the primary schools of Belize over the past two decades and my teaching of the Educational Leadership and Administration course to the Bachelors of Education students at the University of Belize.
There have always and still seem to be a strain in the human relations between the staff and administration, more specifically the principal, in the elementary schools. generally it is not the entire staff but a portion that varies in numbers depending on the location and/or situation. I feel that one of the major reasons is the ignorance of the terms of reference of the two conflicting camps/divisions. Apart from this situation, compounding the circumstances, is that most of the principals are not trained in the craft. These principals were promoted to the position by virtue of being a teacher; of course this does not make the individual and administrator. Also, staff members have no or very little knowledge of the roles and responsibilities of the principal. This situation results in the lack of trust between principal and staff.