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ERIC Number: EJ1128671
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1363-2434
Teachers' Leadership: A Maker or a Breaker of Students' Educational Motivation
Öqvist, Anna; Malmström, Malin
School Leadership & Management, v36 n4 p365-380 2016
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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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education; Elementary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Sweden
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