UNVEILING THE BRILLIANCE: EXPLORING THE REFLECTIVE THINKING OF ACADEMIC ADMINISTRATORS IN HIGHER EDUCATION

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Dr. Mahek Arshad
Dr. Munazza Mahmood

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In the complex and rapidly evolving landscape of higher education, the role of academic administrators has become increasingly demanding. Academic administrators are tasked with making critical decisions that impact various stakeholders, including faculty, students, and the institution as a whole. To navigate these challenges successfully, it is paramount for academic administrators to possess strong reflective thinking. The objectives of this research are to explore the engagement of academic administrators in reflective thinking in higher education institutions and to find out the experiences of academic administrators regarding reflective thinking while performing their duties in higher education institutions. Qualitative research design was used to achieve the objectives of the study. The subjects of the study consist of Academic Administrators working in the 26 Universities (17 public and 9 private) of Islamabad. Data has been collected from 13 academic administrators with the help of semi structured interviews. Thematic analysis was done to identify recurring themes and patterns which helps in enhancing the richness of the qualitative findings. The themes of open-mindedness, self-awareness, critical thinking, continuous learning, curiosity, meta-cognition, decision-making, and problem-solving as discussed by academic administrators underscore the multifaceted nature of leadership in higher education. Open-mindedness enhances institutional adaptability and innovation, while self-awareness boosts leadership capabilities and fosters a reflective academic culture. Critical thinking is crucial for informed decision-making and addressing educational challenges effectively. Continuous learning and curiosity are pivotal for personal and institutional growth, ensuring that educational leaders and their organizations remain dynamic and responsive to changes. Meta-cognition and personal beliefs influence how decisions align with institutional values, emphasizing the need for leaders to be self-aware and reflective. Strategic and inclusive decision-making practices are vital for achieving educational objectives, and adept problem-solving is essential for navigating the complexities of the educational landscape. Together, these themes highlight the interconnectedness of personal development and professional efficacy in fostering successful educational environments.

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Dr. Mahek Arshad, & Dr. Munazza Mahmood. (2024). UNVEILING THE BRILLIANCE: EXPLORING THE REFLECTIVE THINKING OF ACADEMIC ADMINISTRATORS IN HIGHER EDUCATION. International Journal of Contemporary Issues in Social Sciences .ISSN (E) 2959-2461 (P) 2959-3808, 3(2), 1240–1251. Retrieved from http://ijciss.org/index.php/ijciss/article/view/755
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