EXTENT OF PRINCIPALS’ MANAGERIAL EFFECTIVENESS ON RECORD AND CONFLICT MANAGEMENT FOR TEACHERS’ JOB COMMITMENT IN PUBLIC AND PRIVATE SECONDARY SCHOOLS IN ANAMBRA STATE, NIGERIA.
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The study investigated the extent of principals’ managerial effectiveness on record and conflict management for teachers’ job commitment in public and private secondary schools in Anambra State, Nigeria. The study was guided by two research questions and two null hypotheses were tested at 0.05 level of significance. Descriptive survey research design was adopted for the study. The population of the study comprised 8,989 respondents (263 principals and 5,286 teachers) of public secondary schools and (686 principals and 2,754 teachers) of private secondary schools in Anambra State, Nigeria. The sample for this study consisted of 899 respondents (26 principals and 528 teachers) of public secondary schools and (69 principals and 276 teachers) of private secondary schools drawn using proportionate stratified sampling technique. A researcher-developed questionnaire titled ‘‘Principals’ Managerial Effectiveness on Record and Conflict Management for Teachers’ Job Commitment Scale (PMERCMTJCS)’’ was used for data collection. The instrument was subjected to face validation by three experts, two in the Department of Educational Management and Policy, and one in Measurement and Evaluation in the Department of Educational Foundations, all in the Faculty of Education, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka. Cronbach alpha method was used to establish the reliability of the instrument and the coefficients obtained for clusters B1-B2 of the section B were 0.77 and 0.78 respectively and overall coefficient of 0.78. Mean and standard deviation were used to answer the research questions and t-test was used to test the hypotheses. The findings of the study revealed among others that principals’ effectiveness on record management for teachers’ job commitment in public and private secondary schools in Anambra State is to a high extent. Also, principals’ effectiveness on conflict management for teachers’ job commitment in public and private secondary schools in Anambra State is to a low extent. Further results showed that there is no significant difference in the mean ratings of all dimensions of principals’ managerial effectiveness for teachers’ job commitment in public and private secondary schools in Anambra State. Based on the findings, it was recommended among others that the Anambra State Post Primary Schools Services Commission and school proprietors should organize annual training programme on conflict management for principals to enable them acquire skills and knowledge of amicably resolving conflict for improvement of teachers’ job commitment.