THE PRINCIPALS OF FEMALE COLLEGES AS INSTRUCTIONAL LEADERS IN PUBLIC SECTOR COLLEGES
Instructional leadership causes a positive change in school environment and students achievement. The principal as instructional leader guides the teachers in their teaching learning process. Instructional leaders are deeply involved in academic development of students. The objectives of this study were to explore the perceptions of principals and teachers about the role of principal as instructional leaders and its effectiveness in public sector female colleges of Punjab, to compare the perceptions of principals and teachers about the role of principal as instructional leaders and its effectiveness in public sector female colleges of Punjab, to determine the factors that facilitate or hinder implementing instructional leadership in public sector female colleges, to find out the decisions and behaviors of principals most influence the classroom instruction and the students achievement in public sector female colleges. This research study was use mixed method approach, which is relatively new and unique methodology. In this research study, the researcher was adopted explanatory sequential mixed method design. The population of this study was including all the female colleges working under the control of provincial government and located in the districts of Lahore, Kasur, Sheikhupura, and Nankana Shaib. This study was adopting stratified random sampling technique to collect data. During the phase of quantitative research, Likert scale instrument, the Principal Instructional Management Rating Scale (PIMRS) was deployed. Semi-structured interviews were used to conduct this study to collect data based on structured questions. Result of the study shows that role of principal as the instructional leader of institution is the success of institution and comprehensive vision and mission understood and shared by both staff and students is necessary for college success, providing clarity and support for teachers as well as procuring the necessary resources to maximize teaching effectiveness, motivating staff and supporting them, promote student learning, spent lot of time listening and observing and focus on students’ achievement.