LEARNING THROUGH TRAUMATIC LIFE EVENTS IN LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT

  • Khuan Wai Bing Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris
  • Omar Abdull Kareem Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris
  • Shahril @ Chahril Marzuki Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris
Keywords: Critical incidents, Leadership development, Adult learners, Learning

Abstract

In Malaysia’s life long learning effort and policy to help working adults, a leadership development program was designed to help beginning and incumbent headteachers upgrade their knowledge and skills. While accomplishing this program in Sultan Idris Education University, many of the adult learners encountered critical incidents of life and death that could make or break their spirit and learning ability. The main purpose of this study was aimed at exploring the critical incidents of life and death that shape headteachers’ learning abilities in completing the first degree of management education. A critical incidents research paradigm was used. The data used in this exploration was collected mainly through self-reflective assignment and in-depth interviews from headteachers who had rose above life situations such as difficult child birth, battling cancer, Parkinson disease, accidents, kidnapping and other critical incidents while being adult learners. The research result yielded several elements that shape the learning abilities of the headteachers in the program. Among them were profound perseverance; motivation; family support; mentors and cultural beliefs. Specific recommendations for further research were also suggested.

Downloads

Download data is not yet available.

References

Anderson, L. & Wilson, S. (1997). Critical incident technique. In Whetzel, D. L. & Wheaton, G. R. (Eds). Applied Measurement Methods in Industrial Psychology, CA: Davies-Black, Palo Alto, 89-112.

Bartone, P. T. (2006). Resilience under military operational stress: can leaders influence hardiness, Military Psychology, 18, 131 – 148.

Blasé, J. & Blasé, J. (2008). The mistreated teacher: a national study, Journal of Educational Administration, 46(3), 263-301.

Bryman, D. (2007). Veterans and colleges have a lot to offer each other, Chronicle of Higher Education, 54 (16), 5 – 9.

Edvardsson, B. & Roos, I. (2001). “Critical incident techniques – towards a framework for analyzing the criticality of critical incidents”, International Journal of Service Industry Management, 12(3), 251-68.

Eid, J., Johnsen, B. H., Bartone, P. T. & Nissestad, O. A. (2008). Growing transformational leaders: exploring the role of personality hardiness, Leadership & Organization Development Journal, 29(1), 4 – 23.

Hayes, E. (2000). Social contexts. In Hayes, E. & Flannery, D. D. (2000). Women as learners: the significance of gender in adult learning. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass, 23 – 52.

Kenner, C. & Weinerman, J. (2011). Adult learning theory: applications to non-traditional college students, Journal of College Reading and Learning, Spring 2011, 41(2), 87 – 96.

Kinman, G. & Kinman, R. (2001). The role of motivation to learn in management education, Journal of Workplace Learning, 13 (4), 132 – 143.

Macpherson, R. J. S. & Vann, B. (1996). Grief and educative leadership, Journal of Educational Administration, 34(2), 24-40.

Schmidt, M. J. (2010). Is there a place for emotions within leadership preparation programmes? Journal of Educational Administration, 48(5), 626-641.

Tisdell, E. J. (2003). Exploring spirituality and culture in adult and higher education. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

Voss, R. (2009). Studying critical classroom encounters: The experiences of students in German college education, Quality Assurance in Education, 17(2), 156-173.

Wallace, J. (2010). Facing “reality”: including the emotional in school leadership programmes, Journal of Educational Administration, 48(5), 595 - 610.

White, B. (1995). The career development of successful women, Women in Management Review, 10(3), 4-15.

White, B., Cox, C. & Cooper, C.L. (1997). A portrait of successful women, Women in Management Review, 12 (1), 27-34.

Young, M. D. & McLeod, S. (2001). Flukes, opportunities and planned interventions: factors affecting women’s decisions to become school administrators, Educational Administration Quarterly, 37(4), 462-502.
Published
2019-03-05
How to Cite
Wai Bing, K., Abdull Kareem, O., & Marzuki, S. @ C. (2019). LEARNING THROUGH TRAUMATIC LIFE EVENTS IN LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT. Journal of Contemporary Issues and Thought, 2, 57-68. Retrieved from https://ejournal.upsi.edu.my/index.php/JCIT/article/view/922