VALIDATION OF THE REVISED COMPETENCY FRAMEWORK FOR SOUTHEAST ASIAN SCHOOL HEADS
The Center conducted from February to June 2013 a series of focus group discussions in several countries in the region to validate the revised Competency Framework for Southeast Asian School Heads. SEAMEO INNOTECH’S Instructional Design and Materials Development Unit took the lead in facilitating the FGDs among school heads, parents, teachers, and students from Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.
Using a strength-based approach, the participants in each country reflected on the qualities and skills of excellent school heads and the conditions needed for them to function at their best. The participants also shared best practices and experiences which provided additional input for the validation process.
The FGDs in each country came up with a set of recommended competencies, along with a definition of each competency and the ideal conditions by which such competencies can be acquired or enhanced. These recommended competencies will be further validated when the Center reconvenes representative school heads from Southeast Asia to finalize the revised Competency Framework.