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Teachers’ leadership: A maker or breaker of students’ educational motivation
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Arts, Communication and Education, Education, Language, and Teaching.
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences, Innovation and Design.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0290-7522
Number of Authors: 22016 (English)In: School Leadership and Management, ISSN 1363-2434, E-ISSN 1364-2626, Vol. 36, no 4, p. 365-380Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Teachers’ leadership plays a critical and central role in students’ educational motivations. This indicates that, in the school context, a teacher’s leadership can have both positive and negative impacts on students’ educational motivation and performance. This article explores these assumptions, building on the path-goal theory, more specifically the effects of teachers’ leadership from students’ perspectives. Using a qualitative research design, this study collected data comprising 35 interviews with children and young people in both primary and upper-secondary school. The results show that the degree of teachers’ developmental leadership greatly affects students’ educational motivation and school performance. Two contrasting teachers’ profiles were found: teachers with a high degree of developmental leadership and teachers with a low degree of developmental leadership. Our findings suggest that teachers with the profile of a high degree of developmental leadership create an environment that fosters educational motivation positively among students, facilitating students’ achievement of high performance levels and a sense of well-being about their studies. In contrast, we show that teachers with a low degree of developmental leadership create an environment that is nonconductive for educational motivation, performance or the welfare of schoolwork.

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2016. Vol. 36, no 4, p. 365-380
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Entrepreneurship and Innovation; Education
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URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-12862DOI: 10.1080/13632434.2016.1247039ISI: 000402203000001Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84992396638Local ID: c0262c1a-6447-4693-a9e9-0086b7560c7dOAI: oai:DiVA.org:ltu-12862DiVA, id: diva2:985813
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Validerad; 2017; Nivå 1; 2017-02-27 (rokbeg)

Available from: 2016-09-29 Created: 2016-09-29 Last updated: 2018-12-14Bibliographically approved

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