Date of Award

9-21-2018

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.Ed.

Department

Education

First Advisor

Stanley, Darren

Keywords

Behavior, Leadership, Practices, Principals, Teacher Morale, Transformational

Rights

CC-BY-NC-ND

Abstract

This research seeks to find a relationship between teachers’ perceptions of principals’ transformational leadership practices and teacher morale in elementary schools. To this end, a correlational research design was conducted in this study to identify the strength and nature of the relationship between the two variables (teachers’ perceptions of principal’s transformational leadership practices and teacher morale). Two surveys were administered to elementary school teachers. The independent variable, teachers’ perceptions of principals’ transformational leadership behavior, was measured using the Leadership Practices Inventory (LPI). The dependent variable was teacher morale, and the Purdue Teacher Opinionaire (PTO) was used to measure this variable. The population consisted of 1556 teachers from the 56 elementary schools. The results indicated a strong positive correlation between teachers’ perceptions of principal’s leadership practices and teacher morale. A multiple linear regression was also conducted to determine what kinds of transformational leadership practices influenced teacher morale most. The results showed that the practice “Model the way” correlated most strongly with teachers’ morale.

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