Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Servant leadership and effective classroom teaching
by Metzcar, Aaron Matthew, Ed.D., Indiana Wesleyan University, 2008, 215; 3344705
Abstract (Summary)

The purpose of this study was to determine the relationship between Servant Leadership and effective teaching. There is research to support a positive correlation between the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) certified teachers and effective teaching. Therefore, for the purpose of this research, those teachers who are NBPTS certified were considered as representative of effective teaching.

A group of 764 National Board Certified Teachers (NBCTs) from preschool to twelfth grade were surveyed using the Teacher Leadership Assessment (TLA). The study also explored the strongest and weakest qualities of Servant Leadership displayed by the sample. The criteria used to define these qualities were developed by Laub in his 1999 research. The study analyzed the data further by examining hypotheses to determine if the grade level taught, the length of time as a teacher, or the length of time one has been certified by the NBPTS had an effect on the level of Servant Leadership displayed.

To accomplish this study a new survey instrument to measure the level of Servant Leadership of a classroom teacher and to test the instrument’s reliability and validity. The new survey instrument, the Teacher Leadership Assessment (TLA), was created through the modification of an existing survey instrument, the Organizational Leadership Assessment (OLA) (Laub, 1999). The results of the study indicate that there may be a positive relationship between Servant Leadership and effective teaching.

The results further indicate that of the Servant Leadership constructs identified by Laub (1999), “provides leadership” was the greatest strength displayed by NBCTs, while “builds community” was the greatest weakness. The results also indicate that the grade level taught has a statistically significant relationship to the level of Servant Leadership displayed (p < 0.0001). Another statistically significant relationship was found between the length of time one has been a teacher and the level of Servant Leadership displayed (p < 0.0107). Finally, this research found that the length of time one has been an NBCT does not have a statistically significant relationship to Servant Leadership (p < 0.262).

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Hall, Harry
Commitee: Beuthin, Timothy, Drury, Sharon
School: Indiana Wesleyan University
Department: Organizational Leadership
School Location: United States -- Indiana
Source: DAI-A 70/02, Dissertation Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: School administration
Keywords: Correlational analysis, National Board Certified, National Board Certified Teacher, National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, Organizational leadership, Servant leadership, Teacher Leader Assessment
Publication Number: 3344705
ISBN: 9781109033793
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