Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

A Mixed Methods Analysis on Creative Leadership and Missouri School Administrators
by Jarvis, Tiffany Lynn, Ed.D., Lindenwood University, 2015, 152; 3728018
Abstract (Summary)

In this mixed methods study, the researcher investigated whether or not Missouri school administrators were prepared to meet the creative leadership demands of the 21st century by measuring their creative capacity, creative styles, and their current creative leadership practices. A convenience sample of Missouri K-12 public school administrators and teachers completed the Abbreviated Torrance Test for Adults, the Creativity Styles Questionnaire – Revisited and an original Organizational Creativity Survey; two homogenous small focus groups discussed their experiences regarding creativity and creative leadership within school organizations.

Whereas teachers were statistically significantly more creative than the normed adult population, administrators did not stand out from the normed adult population in this study; the weak sample size and mortality effect suggested that they may have even been less creative than the data suggested. The researcher noted administrator trends toward low risk propensity, high conformity, and a deficit of creative leadership. Findings further suggested that demographic factors and career attributes such as age, gender, school level, job level, job embeddedness, and work experience were not significantly related to creative capacity. Researchers should expand upon these findings with longitudinal mixed-methods studies of larger random samples of administrators. Teachers were a wealthy source of creative performance and leadership while school administrators tended to daily managerial tasks and the political constraints of their positions. The researcher recommends that schools further investigate the creative leadership potential of teacher leaders.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Leavitt, Lynda
Commitee: Deatherage, Ashley, Sharp, Chryssa, Wisdom, Sherrie
School: Lindenwood University
Department: Education
School Location: United States -- Missouri
Source: DAI-A 77/03(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Educational leadership, School administration
Keywords: Creative leadership, K-12 public school, Missouri
Publication Number: 3728018
ISBN: 978-1-339-13320-1
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