Leadership in Public Basic Education: The Case of Superintendents in the Philippines
These In the Philippines, the leadership role of superintendents was widely recognized; however, there were still very limited studies on how they led the country’s public basic education. Consequently, this study investigated the leadership pattern in public basic education of superintendents. Using a case study research design, this study conducted an in-depth analysis of the perception of the superintendents about leadership in public basic education. Specifically, it answered the following research questions: a) How is leadership in public basic education perceived by the superintendent? b) How does the superintendent apply leadership in public basic education in his division schools? and c) How do they see the value of leadership in relation to their personal and professional development? Based on the data given by the superintendents, this study arrived to the following major conclusions regarding leadership in public basic education: a) Compassion is a critical aspect of leadership in public basic education, b)School assessment is a valuable aspect of the leadership in public basic education, c) There is a need to foster collaboration and shared leadership in public basic education, d) School management is needed in public basic education, and e) A contextually informed decision-making is vital in the leadership in public basic education in the Philippines.
Keywords - Educational Leadership, Public Education, Basic Education, School Superintendents, Philippine Education.