Role Reconsideration of School Improvement Partner (SIPartner +) and Transformational Leadership in Coaching Processes in the District Education Office
The fundamental role of the School Improvement Partner (SIPartner +) in the District Transformation Program (DTP) is to guide and support principals/teachers towards improving the quality of leadership and organisational management. The Leadership Coaching approach is used to guide principals/teachers towards organisational effectiveness. Nevertheless, studies on the role of SIPartner + and the coaching approach used to guide it are lacking. This research examined the role of SIPartner + and transformational leadership practices for principals employing a coaching approach. A total of 117 SIPartner + employees in the District Education Office (PPD) throughout Malaysia were sampled. Quantitative research is a survey using questionnaires used to collect data. Selection of study samples was made randomly. Data were analysed utilising SPSS Version 23.0. Inference analysis showed that there is a positive and significant relationship between the role of SIPartner + and transformational leadership practices with the coaching process implemented. The findings also revealed that there is a contribution of SIPartner + roles and transformational leadership practices to effective leadership and improving school performance. As such, the role of SIPartner + is still pertinent to the contemporary challenges and needs of the education system in Malaysia.