A strategy for principals to manage role conflict as experienced by male and female educators
Boweni, Gaopotlake Puxley
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The focus of this research is to develop a management strategy for school principals to assist educators deal with role conflict. Role conflict has proved to be one of the stumbling blocks towards educators’ career advancement as well as bringing and causing unnecessary tension at home. The nature of the educators’ home and the workplace roles has changed dramatically over the years as a result of the democratic dispensation. No longer is the work of a woman solely in the home whereas the same can be said of the man, wherein he had to provide for the whole family by working alone outside of the home. The success of any home presently, depends upon the joint efforts of both partners wherein they are expected to assist each other in preparing their children to face the outside world with renowned confidence. At work, affirmative action has proved to be the right tool in trying to strike a balance between men and women regarding occupying managerial positions. However, literature study has proved that the process is still farfetched as some women (married ones especially) prefer not to venture into those top positions due to pressure accompanying those positions. Their fear of assuming managerial positions is also fuelled by too much time they might spend at work which may negatively affect their marriage relationships. For this study a quantitative research method was preferred. A questionnaire was developed for participants to fill in at their own time without being coerced to do so. In all of these activities that the researcher was engaged in, ethical aspects of the empirical study was followed to the latter with the anonymity of participants being a top priority. After collecting data from participants, it was forwarded to the statistical consultation services for analysis and interpretation. Information was then obtained regarding whether a relationship of practical significant difference exists between the different biographical variables and the factors that contribute towards educators experiencing role conflict or not. Thereafter, some important findings were made from the results of the empirical study. The findings revealed that a management strategy was developed for principals to assist educators manage role conflict. In developing a management strategy for principals, different action steps are to be taken followed by monitoring and evaluating of each to determine progress. Recommendations for educators to deal effectively with role conflict were made followed by a motivation of each.
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