School today is experiencing a paradigm shift in conceptions and operations related to school management. Systems thinking has become the major paradigm for school improvement efforts. Traditional analytical thinking focuses on isolating smaller and smaller parts of a system for study. Systems thinking, on the other hand, focuses on interactions between the different components of a system and aims to consider the system as a whole rather than as separate components within a whole. Thus, in a school system, each part or individual is a necessary component for the system’s optimal function.
The main goal of this course is to develop the capacity of Student Teachers to understand school as a system and to view school management through a systems approach. This will enable them to identify and examine their role in the school system and its significance in improving the learning outcomes of students. The course will also help Student Teachers to unearth, examine, and consider alternatives to the norms that shape status quo teaching if they are to become innovative and thoughtful professionals