PRINCIPALS’ CONFLICT MANAGEMENT STRATEGIES AS CORRELATES OF TEACHERS JOB EFFECTIVENESS IN PUBLIC SECONDARY SCHOOLS IN ANAMBRA STATE
The study investigated principals’ conflict management strategies as correlates of teachers’ job effectiveness in public secondary schools in Anambra State. Two research questions guided the study. The study adopted the correlation research design and the study was carried out in Anambra State. The population of the study comprised 263 principals of public secondary schools in Anambra State. Two instruments were used to collect data for the study. The instruments were validated by three experts in the Department of Educational Management and Policy, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka. Test of reliability on the instrument yielded coefficient values of 0.88 for accommodating conflict management strategies, 0.86 for collaborating conflict management strategies and 0.87 for teachers’ effectiveness. Pearson Product Moment Correlation was used to answer research questions. Finding of the study revealed that there is a very high positive relationship between principals’ use of accommodation strategy and teachers’ job effectiveness in public secondary schools in Anambra State. Finding of the study also revealed that there is a very high positive relationship between principals’ use of collaboration strategy and teachers’ job effectiveness in public secondary schools in Anambra State. Based on these findings, the researchers recommended that principals in public secondary schools should utilize the accommodation strategy of conflict management when handling conflict situations in their school. It was also recommended that principals’ of public secondary schools should educate themselves on best practices in the utilization of collaboration strategy in handling conflicts in their schools
through reading of books and journals on conflict management.