Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

School leader preparation in the Nazarene university system: A qualitative study of the role of emotional intelligence
by Scown, Andree, Ed.D., Northwest Nazarene University, 2014, 134; 3643041
Abstract (Summary)

The overall intent of the study was to understand the role of emotional intelligence in school leader preparation programs in the Nazarene university system. A qualitative exploration of the understanding and presence of emotional intelligence (EI) theory and associated concepts in two Nazarene university principal preparation programs was conducted along with an investigation of the need, hindrances, and solutions to including such topics in the universities' programs. Two educational leadership program directors from each university acted as participants by responding to semi structured interview questions about the topics.

The results revealed a perceived need for the inclusion of EI theory and associated concepts in the universities' principal preparation programs. Hindrances and possible solutions for including EI in the curriculum resulted in clear guidelines for incorporating the topics in the universities' courses of study. Implications for application of the results to other universities were discussed as well as the potential for development and implementation of training in EI for a broader set of educational leaders, including preservice and existing principals, teachers, education specialists, various levels of school leaders, and community partners in leadership roles affecting schools. Recommendations were made for further research extending the study of EI theory and associated concepts into universities outside the Nazarene university system as well as employing a quantitative approach to further investigate the ten themes which emerged regarding the relationship between EI and principal leadership. A comparison study using the same methods to explore the topic of servant leadership was also suggested.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Joki, Russell
Commitee: Robinson, Edwin, Webb, Burton
School: Northwest Nazarene University
Department: Education
School Location: United States -- Idaho
Source: DAI-A 76/03(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Behavioral psychology, Higher Education Administration, Educational leadership
Keywords: Compassion, Emotion regulation, Emotional intelligence, Mindfulness, Principal preparation, Servant leadership
Publication Number: 3643041
ISBN: 978-1-321-30315-5
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