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A Case Study: The Servant Leadership Attributes of School-Based Law Enforcement
by Castro, Ismael, Ed.D., Grand Canyon University, 2020, 309; 27994313
Abstract (Summary)

The purpose of this qualitative single case study was to explore how attributes of servant leadership were perceived by SBLE officers in their roles as law-related educators, law-related counselors, and law enforcement officers. The conceptual framework was built upon Greenleaf’s Servant Leadership, Parson’s Social Systems Theory, and Maslow’s Theory of Human Motivation. The three research questions focused on how attributes of servant leadership were perceived by SBLE officers. The target population of thirty-two SBLE officers was used to purposefully select a sample size of 11 participants from an urban school district in Southwest portion of the United States. Qualitative methodology and a case study design was chosen to explore the phenomena of servant leadership attributes utilized by the SBLE officers. The three sources of data included semi-structured interviews, field observations, and archival documents. The datasets were analyzed using qualitative coding and thematic development, focusing on a deductive logic (tied to the above theories). The analysis resulted in seven total themes, including four applicable themes for research question one; six themes for research question two; and five themes for research question three. The servant leadership attribute “creating value for the community” was the primary theme used by the SBLE officers. The servant leadership attribute “leaders being self-aware of power, ethics, and situations” was discovered in all research questions. The study showed the significance for SBLE officers in using servant leadership attributes specifically for building community in schools.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Babyak, Andrew
Commitee: Shelton, Dana, Wallace, Mary Ann
School: Grand Canyon University
Department: College of Doctoral Studies
School Location: United States -- Arizona
Source: DAI-A 81/12(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Educational leadership, Law enforcement
Keywords: Leadership, School law enforcement, School resource officers, School violence, School-based law enforcement, Servant leadership
Publication Number: 27994313
ISBN: 9798607344757
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