Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

An investigation of transformational leadership in a virtual learning environment
by Livingston, Robert K., Ph.D., Capella University, 2011, 119; 3433408
Abstract (Summary)

With the advancement of technology, the changing landscape of education has brought about challenging issues that necessitate a clearer understanding of the leadership role of an online instructor. In this exploratory study, it was found that business administration students (n=107) from a Southern California community college expect their online instructors to be transformational/transactional leaders and not passive/avoidant leaders. The study showed that online instructors (n=13) understand what is expected of them but not to the extent that students indicated their expectations of the instructor's transformational/transactional leadership role. No significant differences in leadership expectations were found based upon gender, generational groupings of students, or the number of online classes students had taken. Transformational leadership was strongly correlated with transactional leadership, extra effort, effectiveness, and student satisfaction. Further study is needed on the causal relationship between transformational/transactional leadership and student success. Once understood, online instructors need to learn how to provide a transformational/transactional leadership presence in their virtual classrooms.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Lees, Martin
Commitee: Randall, Phillip, Timm, Judee
School: Capella University
Department: School of Business
School Location: United States -- Minnesota
Source: DAI-A 72/02, Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Educational leadership, Business education, Educational technology, Higher education
Keywords: Education, Leadership, Learning, Online, Transformational, Transformational leadership, Virtual, Virtual learning environment
Publication Number: 3433408
ISBN: 978-1-124-38924-0
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