Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

AVID Leadership: A skills approach to transformational change
by McAndrews, Shannon, Ed.D., Pepperdine University, 2015, 131; 3688406
Abstract (Summary)

This quantitative study investigated a cross population of active Elementary Leaders (Kindergarten-8th grade) of AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) Center, a non-profit international educational organization. This dissertation's primary purpose was to explore the phenomenon of AVID Leadership as it related to individual's perspectives of their leadership traits. After attending skills-based sessions designed to enhance transformational leadership mindsets and transformational change skillsets, participants were invited to engage in an online survey. This survey contained both the Multifactor Leadership Questionnaire (MLQ) and researcher developed demographic questions. The study explored the similarities, differences, and impact of exposure to AVID Professional Learning, the relationship to participants credential preparation programs, education levels of individual participants and their perspectives on their leadership style. Prior elementary focused education and prior experience were significant independent variables in this study. Participant perspectives of AVID Elementary Professional Learning were significantly influential on individual leadership styles. The participants ranked high on subscales on the MLQ that align with transformational leadership. The findings and trends suggest a relationship between professional learning and transformational leadership warranting further study.

Key words: Transformational Leadership, Transformational change, AVID, Multifactor Leadership Questionnaire (MLQ)

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Harvey, Andrew
Commitee: Madjidi, Farzin, Schmieder-Ramirez, June
School: Pepperdine University
Department: Education
School Location: United States -- California
Source: DAI-A 76/08(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Educational leadership, School administration, Elementary education
Keywords: Avid (advancement via individual determination), Multifactor leadership questionnaire, Transformational change, Transformational leadership
Publication Number: 3688406
ISBN: 9781321670073
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