Partnering with Students in School Leadership: Lessons from Starehe Boys Centre and School, Kenya

By Peter Otiato Ojiambo.

Published by The Learner Collection

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Partnering in school leadership is an increasingly growing genre in education scholarship. In this paper, a critical examination is made of one high school in Kenya, Starehe Boys Centre and School, and its attempts to involve students in its administrative structure. Specifically, the paper examines: the literature on the role of partnering in the education process, Starehe’s student leadership system (prefectship), its involvement in its administrative process, and emerging lessons from Starehe’s leadership model. The paper contends that involving students in the school leadership process is vital and should be at the center of educational engagement. For the process to succeed it has to be dialogical, empowering, and must endeavor to foster institutional vision and growth.

Keywords: Educational Leadership, School Leadership, Educational Partnering

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 18, Issue 8, pp.115-126. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 795.396KB).

Dr. Peter Otiato Ojiambo

Assistant Professor, Department of African and African-American Studies, University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas, USA

Dr. Ojiambo is an assistant professor of African and African-American studies, University of Kansas, USA. He earned his Ph.D from Ohio University. He is a graduate of Moi University, Kenya, and received a BED in Kiswahili and religious studies and a MPHIL in educational foundations; and Ohio University where he received a MA in African studies and international affairs. Before joining the University of Kansas, Dr. Ojiambo taught at Ohio University and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Ojiambo’s research and writing interests are in the areas of: African language pedagogy, educational objectives, teaching theories, administrative and curriculum challenges, relational theory in education, and school and society. His research focuses on African education, especially in studies on Starehe Boys Center and School of Kenya. He has published in this area and on education, democracy, and development. His recent book publication is an educational biography entitled Teaching beyond Teaching: Dr. Geoffrey William Griffin and Starehe Boys Centre and School (VDM Verlag, 2008).


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