Zimbabwean Women Primary School Heads

  • Irene MuzvidziwaEmail author
Part of the Springer International Handbooks of Education book series (SIHE, volume 29)


This chapter examines the role of educational leaders in creating enabling socially just educational environments. It seeks to raise an awareness of the problematic nature of gender and equity issues in education and how these affect women particularly in developing countries such as Zimbabwe. The practice of patriarchy and the process of socialization, which starts from the home, tend to strengthen institutional injustices. Hence, the chapter argues that if educational leaders can be gender sensitive, and morally conscious, a spirit of caring and respect can be cultivated, and in the process, socially just educational environments are created. Traditional leadership theory demonstrates issues of power prevalent in previously male-dominated domains and provides the context from which leadership for social justice has been analyzed. How women school leaders navigated and facilitated the creation of socially just educational environments in their schools is also examined. The study from which the chapter is drawn adopted the qualitative research design using phenomenological in-depth interviews. Data analysis was an ongoing process and themes were identified as they emerged from the research findings. The results of the study showed that women school heads, in their effort to combat the challenges they faced as school heads, used creativity and transformational approaches in their communication and enacted leadership that was more inclusive and less hierarchical and hence social just.


Social Justice Transformational Leadership School Community Educational Environment Educational Leadership 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of EducationUniversity of KwaZulu-NatalPietermaritzburgSouth Africa

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