Discipline: Education Development
For more than three decades, School-Based Management (SBM) has become a global movement towards the quality of education. The ultimate goal of implementing SBM was to enhance quality of education in general and more particularly for better school improvement and increased student achievement. Numerous previous studies have indicated the association of SBM policies and programs with school improvement and student achievement. However, only limited research findings are available about the association of communication functions and styles in SBM schools which can result to school improvement. This article highlights the views of school stakeholders in relation to the functions and roles of communication as well as the communication styles of school leaders for better school improvement. The paper is on the basis of an empirical survey involving 318 respondents from 18 urban and sub-urban schools of Ngada, Flores, Indonesia. In addition to the survey, face to face semistructured interviews and focus group discussions were conducted.