Academic Journal of Social Sciences and Education http://ajsse.org/index.php/1 <p>The Academic Journal of Social Science Education is an international, peer-reviewed, open-access journal which publishes high-quality articles on teaching and learning in the interdisciplinary field of social science education. Published since 2012, the AJSSE is a quarterly with thematic issues which, nevertheless, also runs a permanent open call.</p> <p>In addition to its focus on original research papers, the AJSSE welcomes other contributions including research notes, essays, reports about debates and developments, country studies, conference reports, case studies or lesson reports, reviews and review essays.</p> <p>The Journal of Social Science Education AJSSE was founded in order to offer the disciplines in the field of social science education a representative scholarly publication. The journal represents a sophisticated image that is characterised by its theory and research orientation, interdisciplinary approach, internationalism and originality as well as by a rigorous anonymous peer review.</p> <p><em>Theory and research orientation: </em>The Journal of Social Science Education AJSSE is a theory and research oriented journal of social science education and related disciplines and fields. Theoretical discussions on education, teaching and learning and related empirical research, whether qualitative or quantitative, are its centre of interest. Of course, scholarly perspectives on practices of teaching and learning and the discussion of policies, empirical results, and research methods are included.</p> <p><em>Interdisciplinary approach: </em>The AJSSE promotes the dialogue among the disciplines of social science education and between them and the social sciences. It is committed to the ideas of cooperation and interdisciplinary research and communication. Therefore, the editors of the AJSSE prefer topics which are relevant for more than one specialist discipline of social science education or social sciences.</p> <p><em>Internationality and focus on Europe: </em>The AJSSE aims to provide a forum for the dialogue across national borders and puts a particular stress on a European perspective and on research on and practices of European and neighbouring countries. That is why the journal prefers themes that are of multinational or supranational, especially European relevance and papers that deal with topics related to the diverse discourses in Europe.</p> <p><em>Originality: </em>The editors prefer contributions that stimulate and enrich the scholarly discourse with their originality and innovativeness, develop new concepts, apply unconventional research methods or transcend borders of conventional discourses.</p> <p><em>Quality standards: </em>Papers submitted to the Academic Journal of Social Science Education are entered into a rigorous double-blind peer-review process, normally read by at least two editors, assessed for suitability and then reviewed by two independent, anonymous expert referees. The editors’ decision will be final. The editors reserve the right to decline articles if they are judged as inconsistent with the editorial policy.</p> <p>Among others, the AJSSE is indexed in SocINDEX, Scopus and DOAJ, it is listed in Hcéres (SHS 4) and The Nordic List.</p> Voltre Publishing Company en-US Academic Journal of Social Sciences and Education 2223-4934 INFLUENCE OF PRINCIPALS' RELATIONSHIP BUILDING SKILLS ON EFFECTIVE ADMINISTRATION OF SECONDARY SCHOOLS IN NAIROBI COUNTY http://ajsse.org/index.php/1/article/view/285 <p>In the realm of education, effective school administration is crucial for fostering a conducive learning environment, enhancing student outcomes, and promoting overall school success. However, despite its significance, challenges persist in achieving optimal administrative practices within secondary schools. These challenges encompass various facets, including leadership, resource management, stakeholder engagement, and organizational culture. This study investigates the impact of principals' relationship building skills on the effective administration of secondary schools in Nairobi County. The study was informed by Social Exchange Theory. Through a descriptive research design, data were collected from principals, and teachers using questionnaires and interviews. The findings suggest that principals' relationship building skills significantly contribute to the overall effectiveness of school administration, including resource management, continuous improvement and decision-making. The study highlights the importance of nurturing interpersonal relationships, fostering collaboration, and building trust among stakeholders for successful school leadership and management.</p> Kageche Wanjeri Kithinji Winfred Thuba Esther Copyright (c) 2024 Academic Journal of Social Sciences and Education 2024-04-04 2024-04-04 12 2 66 77 EFFECTS OF PRINCIPAL’S LEADERSHIP SKILLS ON EFFECTIVE ADMINISTRATION OF PUBLIC SECONDARY SCHOOLS IN NAIROBI CITY COUNTY http://ajsse.org/index.php/1/article/view/287 <p>This study investigated the effect of principal leadership skills on the effective administration of public secondary schools within Nairobi City County. The research explores various dimensions of leadership, including Vision and goal settings, change management and instructional leadership, and their influence on school administration. Data was collected through surveys and interviews with principals and teachers in multiple secondary schools across the county. The study was guided by transformational leadership theory. The study established that principals’ leadership skills have a significant influence on effective administration of secondary schools in Nairobi County, vision and goal settings, change management and instructional leadership, have a significant influence on effective administration of secondary schools. The study recommends that the principals should focus on enhancing their leadership skills. This involves developing a clear vision for the school's future and communicating it effectively to stakeholders. They should make informed decisions, demonstrate emotional intelligence, and be adaptable in responding to challenges.</p> Goretti Wanjeri Winfred Kithinji Thuba Esther Copyright (c) 2024 Academic Journal of Social Sciences and Education 2024-04-04 2024-04-04 12 2 1 13