Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

An investigation of the relationship between Christian spirituality and the intercultural effectiveness of academic leaders in Christian higher education
by Pohl, Mark, Ph.D., Indiana Wesleyan University, 2015, 161; 3716649
Abstract (Summary)

This study examined the extent to which a relationship exists between Christian spirituality and the intercultural effectiveness of academic leaders in Christian higher education. The study utilized a sequential mixed methods approach, with two quantitative surveys administered first, followed by a qualitative open-ended e-mail survey in order to delve deeper into the quantitative findings and answer the research questions. Thirty-four academic leaders responded to the quantitative surveys for a response rate of 51.5%, and eight academic leaders were purposefully selected for the subsequent qualitative survey. No statistically strong relationships between Christian spirituality and intercultural effectiveness were found in this investigation. The quantitative research found Awareness of God to have a slight moderate relationship with interpersonal engagement, and instability was found to have a slight negative moderate relationship with hardiness. Subsequently, eight academic leaders participated in the qualitative research that further explained some relationship between Christian spirituality and intercultural effectiveness in the context of Christian higher education.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Barnes, Joanne
Commitee: Lindsay, Larry M., White, Terence D.
School: Indiana Wesleyan University
Department: Organizational Leadership
School Location: United States -- Indiana
Source: DAI-A 76/12(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Higher education
Keywords: Christian, Higher education, Higher education administrators, Intercultural competence, Mixed-methods, Quantitative research, Spirituality
Publication Number: 3716649
ISBN: 9781321955590
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