A critical analysis of the application of total quality management principles in two schools

Carlson, Brian Kenneth (1996) A critical analysis of the application of total quality management principles in two schools. Masters thesis, Rhodes University.

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In recent years, the principles of Total Quality Management, developed by Edwards Deming and others and used with varying degrees of success in the business world, have been used in schools as part of the process to transform education in terms of school management and classroom learning. This research grew out of my experiences when St. Andrew's Preparatory School participated in a Total Quality Management training programme which highlighted for me the problems and the benefits of such training. This research was undertaken, therefore, to find out how two other schools - one a high school in Grahamstown and the other a high school in Clarke County, U.S.A. had responded to similar training. Open ended questionnaires were used and the responses were analyzed to detect patterns of thoughts, feelings and attitudes, particularly in terms of human relationships at the school and with regard to various components of school culture. Comparisons were also made between the responses from the two schools, and the findings were compared with the claims made for TQM by the theorists and other educational practitioners who have ventured into TQM in their schools. The research findings indicate that Total Quality Management training had a positive impact on the participating schools but that there are problems associated with its adaptation for education. Given the necessary leadership commitment, however, these problems are not insurmountable. Total Quality Management may well be able to contribute towards the restructing of education which seems to be more and more urgently needed both in South Africa and in their countries.

Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Uncontrolled Keywords:Total quality management, TQM, Schools, Education transformation, Management, Classroom learning, St. Andrew's Preparatory School, Grahamstown, Eastern Cape, South Africa, Clarke County U.S.A., Thoughts, Feelings, Attitudes, Patterns, Human relationships, School culture
Subjects:L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB1603 Secondary Education. High schools
L Education > LG Individual institutions (Asia. Africa)
Divisions:Faculty > Faculty of Education > Education
Supervisors:Van der Mescht, Hennie
ID Code:3253
Deposited By: Philip Clarke
Deposited On:04 Sep 2012 06:09
Last Modified:04 Sep 2012 06:09
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