School leaders and the implementation of education management information systems (EMIS) in the Bahamas: a case study of six principals

Cash, John Alexander (2015) School leaders and the implementation of education management information systems (EMIS) in the Bahamas: a case study of six principals. Doctoral thesis (PhD), University of Sussex.

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The tension between the leadership of technology and technology as a means of school improvement are still issues of debate. Researchers have argued that education management technology has yet to make a significant contribution to school improvement, while others have experienced small pockets of success. This study seeks to contribute to the debate by exploring the tension associated with the implementation of an education management information system (EMIS) in The Bahamas from the experiences of school leaders. More specifically, this thesis explores EMIS from the understanding of six principals in their schools and its contributions to their schools. This study develops a social constructivist view and relies on the case study approach.

Among the major findings of the study was that EMIS was often perceived by principals to be associated with conflict and the primary uses of the technology were for generating report cards, facilitating school administrative tasks and monitoring. Principals’ expressed concern for the lack of support from senior management and the impact of using the technology on their role as leader. As conflicts hindered the implementation of EMIS, principals adopted a shared leadership approach.

This study offers pertinent information concerning the reasons why EMIS is underutilized and the important contributions of leadership to the successful implementation of the technology. Such information can be useful for understanding EMIS in education organizations.

Item Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Keywords: EMIS, social constructivist, school leadership, The Bahamas, Bahamas education
Schools and Departments: School of Education and Social Work > Education
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2801 School administration and organisation
L Education > LE Individual institutions (America except United States) > LE15 West Indies
Depositing User: Library Cataloguing
Date Deposited: 21 Jan 2016 07:44
Last Modified: 21 Jan 2016 07:44

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