IJSSH 2016 Vol.6(5): 370-374 ISSN: 2010-3646
DOI: 10.7763/IJSSH.2016.V6.674

The Roles of Administrators in Aboriginal Schools: A Case Study in a Malaysian State

Norwaliza A. Wahab, Ramlee B. Mustapha, and Abdul Razaq Ahmad
Abstract—This case study examined the roles of administrators toward the educational achievement of „Orang Asli‟ or „Aboriginal‟ students. Two Aboriginal primary school administrators were purposely selected as informants. In order to understand the “voices” of these administrators, interviews and observations were conducted at the sites. A modified GPILSEO model was used as the theoretical framework in which only four out of the seven constructs of the model were utilized, i.e., goal, pedagogy, institution and leadership. The interview was audio-taped, transcribed and checked for emerging themes. The findings show that the school administrators have flexible targets, encouraged teachers to use fun methods of teaching and learning, and assessed teachers periodically. However, the respondents were less satisfied on equipment and infrastructure of the school. Leadership of aboriginal schools should be more committed and possess proactive and responsive attitudes toward the students, teachers, and the community. A major implication of the study is that the school administrators should play a significant role as a change agent in order to enhance the quality of education for the Orang Asli students.

Index Terms—Aboriginal schools, GPILSEO model, administrators, pedagogy, Malaysia.

Norwaliza A. Wahab and Abdul Razaq Ahmad is with the Universiti Kebangsaan, Malaysia (e-mail: lyzaalogan@gmail.com).
Ramlee B. Mustapha is with the Universiti Pendidikan Sultan, Idris.

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Cite: Norwaliza A. Wahab, Ramlee B. Mustapha, and Abdul Razaq Ahmad, " The Roles of Administrators in Aboriginal Schools: A Case Study in a Malaysian State," International Journal of Social Science and Humanity vol. 6, no. 5, pp. 370-374, 2016.

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