Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Leadership that promotes teacher empowerment among urban middle school science teachers
by Howard-Skipper, Joni, Ph.D., Capella University, 2014, 82; 3630880
Abstract (Summary)

In this study, the focus was on determining leadership strategies that promote teacher empowerment among urban middle school science teachers. The purpose of the paper was to determine if leadership strategies are related to teacher empowerment. The emphasis was on various forms of leadership and the empowerment of teachers in context in restructuring the democratic structure. An effective leadership in science education entails empowering others, especially science teachers. In this regard, no published studies had examined this perspective on empowering teachers and school leadership. Therefore, this study determined if a relationship exists between leadership strategy actions and teacher empowerment. The significance of the study is to determine a relationship between leadership strategies and teacher empowerment as a positive approach toward developing successful schools. Empowerment is essential for implementing serious improvements. Empowering others in schools must form a major component of an effective principal’s agenda. It is becoming clearer in research literature that complex changes in education sometimes require active initiation. For this study, a quantitative methodology was used. Primary data enabled the research questions to be answered. The reliability and validity of the research were ensured. The results of this study showed that 40% of the administrators establish program policies with teachers, and 53% of teachers make decisions about new programs in schools. Furthermore, the findings, their implications, and recommendations are discussed.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Persky, Barry, Williams, Feranda
Commitee: Balch, Dave, Hinshaw, Steven
School: Capella University
Department: School of Education
School Location: United States -- Minnesota
Source: DAI-A 75/11(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Educational leadership, Middle School education, School administration, Science education
Keywords: Leadership, Science teachers, Teacher empowerment, Urban middle school
Publication Number: 3630880
ISBN: 9781321090581
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