Effective Private Bilingual School’s Principal Leadership Behaviors in Thailand: A Measurement Model
Academic Leadership - Online Journal,
Vol. 8 No. 2 (2007): Vol-8-Issue-2-February-2007
The Thai Educational Reform decree 2542 B.E. allows to establish English Program (bilingual
schools), in order to provide English proficiency to Thai students for facing with globalization in this
competitive age (Maneerin, 2003). Hence, bilingual school is an appropriate alternative for new
settings and global requirements (Carnoy, 1999). The new school type, bilingual school, will require the
different forms of leadership that has been provided with the skills needed to meet the challenge
(Usdan et. al., 2000). Duttweiler (1988) stressed that an effective principal as school leader has to
possess effective leadership behaviors that are flexible and fit to school settings.
Under the pressures of changes, Thai educators have to consider and examine the critical arguments
of how to provide the readiness of school leaders to fulfill global requirements and changes? What are
effective school leadership’s behaviors needed for managing the school effectively under global
This study focuses on administering of private bilingual schools, which may demand for school
principals who have distinguished working manners and behaviors. The research examined what are
effective principal leadership behaviors of private bilingual school’s principal leadership.