Date of Award

Summer 7-30-2018

Degree Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Department

Educational Research and Administration

Committee Chair

Dr. James Fox

Committee Chair Department

Educational Research and Administration

Committee Member 2

Dr. Kyna Shelley

Committee Member 2 Department

Educational Research and Administration

Committee Member 3

Dr. Richard Mohn

Committee Member 3 Department

Educational Research and Administration

Committee Member 4

Dr. Stanley Benigno

Committee Member 4 Department

Educational Research and Administration

Committee Member 5

Dr. Colby Jubenville

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to examine transformational leadership practices of principals and the relationship of these practices and teacher organizational citizenship behavior. A secondary purpose of this study was to determine if prior athletic coaching experience served as a moderator between school leadership practices and teacher organizational citizenship behavior. Twenty-seven secondary schools participated in the study, while the head principal of each school served as the administrative representative being nested within the respective school. Secondary school teachers (n=908) completed the Leadership Practices Inventory and the Organizational Citizenship Behavior Scale. Secondary school principals (n=27) responded to the Athletic Coaching Experience questionnaire, which gathered data on previous athletic coaching experience.

In order to report the outcomes of the three hypotheses hierarchical linear modeling was used to account for teachers being nested within schools. The model revealed there was a significant linear relationship between transformational leadership practices and teacher organizational citizenship behavior as a whole. The only single dimension of transformational leadership practices that reported a statistically significant linear relationship between the dimensions of model the way, inspire a shared vision, challenge the process, enable others to act, and encourage the heart and teacher organizational citizenship behavior was challenge the process. There was no statistically significant linear relationship between the moderating effect of prior athletic coaching experience and transformational leadership practices and teacher organizational citizenship behavior.

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