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ERIC Number: EJ1148291
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0957-8234
Emotional Reframing as a Mediator of the Relationships between Transformational School Leadership and Teachers' Motivation and Commitment
Berkovich, Izhak; Eyal, Ori
Journal of Educational Administration, v55 n5 p450-468 2017
Purpose: Empirical evidence links transformational school leadership to teachers' autonomous motivation and affective organizational commitment. Little empirical research, however, has focused on the emotional mechanisms behind these relations. Following the argument in the literature that transformational leadership can transform followers' emotions, the purpose of this paper is to examine whether teachers' experience of emotional reframing by principal mediates the relationships between transformational school leadership and these work-related outcomes (i.e. teachers' motivation and commitment). Design/methodology/approach: Questionnaires were used to collect information from 639 primary school teachers nested in 69 randomly sampled schools. The data were analyzed using multilevel path analysis software. Findings: The results indicated that the effect of transformational school leadership behaviors on teachers' autonomous motivation was fully mediated by emotional reframing, and that the effect of transformational school leadership on affective organizational commitment was partially mediated by it. The authors further found an indirect relationship of transformational school leadership with affective organizational commitment through emotional reframing and autonomous motivation. Originality/value: The present study makes a unique contribution to the literature by confirming that teachers' sense of emotional reframing is a key affective mechanism by which school leaders influence teachers' motivation and commitment.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Israel
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