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dc.contributor.author Amushigamo, Angelina Popyeni
dc.date.accessioned 2017-10-18T06:50:38Z
dc.date.available 2017-10-18T06:50:38Z
dc.date.issued 2006
dc.identifier.citation Amushigamo, A. P. (2006). An investigation of interpersonal relationships between management and lecturers in a College of Education in Namibia (Unpublished Master Thesis). Rhodes University: South Africa. en_US
dc.identifier.other http://encore.seals.ac.za/iii/encore_nmmu/record/C__Rx1072824__SAmushigamo%2C%20Angelina%20Popyeni.__Orightresult__X4?lang=eng&suite=nmmu
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10962/d1004458
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11070/2096
dc.description.abstract Relationships are regarded as an important aspect of any organization's life. The purpose of this study was to investigate staff perceptions and experiences of interpersonal relationships between management and lecturers in a Namibian College of Education. I conducted a case study at the College where I teach. Two methods were used to collect data. Firstly, semi-structured interviews with two management members, two senior lecturers and two lecturers. Secondly, observation where practical aspects of interpersonal relationships in the College were observed. I used the interpretational data analysis technique to analyse my data. Themes and patterns were identified in the data, coded and sorted into categories. The study revealed staff unhappiness about the current situation in the College as far as communication is concerned. The College's hierarchical structure was described as top-down. As such, it does not allow for face to face communication. There is an absence of any social cohesion or sense of community. Relationships at a College level are characterized by personal conflict and difference. However, the study revealed a satisfaction with communication and relationships at a dl'partmentallevel. Five key features of interpersonal communication that are lacking in the College and that contribute to the unhealthy relationships in the College were identified. These are trust, respect, openness, feedback and the sharing of ideas and knowledge. Due to their absence, the College is divided into cliques. A strong desire for the establishment of interpersonal norms of openness, respect, honesty and trust was expressed. Participants expressed the need to establish an organization structure that allows for interaction with others in the College, flatter structures, teamwork and a collaborative cultu re. The study also emphasized participative democracy in building relationships. Participation in decision making is seen as satisfying the personal need to experience a sense of influence and achievement. There is evidence of a desire for distributed leadership where the College staff as a group of professionals lead the College collectively and collaboratively. There is a strong desire for a College where people are liked , valued, accepted by others and recognized for their efforts. Finally, Organization Development is recommended as an approach to enhance College staff relationships. KMBT_363 Adobe Acrobat 9.54 Paper Capture Plug-in en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Rhodes University en_US
dc.subject Commication in education en_US
dc.subject Namibia Teacher morale en_US
dc.subject Namibia Employee motivation en_US
dc.subject Namibia Teacher-administrator relationships en_US
dc.subject Namibia College teachers en_US
dc.subject Job satisfaction en_US
dc.subject Namibia en_US
dc.title An investigation of interpersonal relationships between management and lecturers in a College of Education in Namibia en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US


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