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ERIC Number: ED570629
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 106
Abstractor: As Provided
ISBN: 978-1-3398-2272-3
Saudi Continuous Professional Development and Leadership Skills Awareness
Alsughayyer, Arwa
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, Edgewood College
Higher education in Saudi Arabia has undergone major reforms over the past decade. Investment in leadership development has received particular focus by policymakers. Little is known about leaders and their participations in professional development (PD) programs and effective leadership skills. Therefore, this study examined, using a quantitative approach, possible associations between the frequency of attending PD programs domestically or internationally and the awareness of needed leadership skills for effective performance in higher education. The participants of this study were higher education leaders from Princess Norah University, a large all female institution in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The study found the frequency of PD activities to be positively associated with increased awareness of necessary leadership skills. All outcome measures were found to be significantly higher among those classified as high attenders compared to individuals classified as low attenders. Those significant differences remained even after adjusting for the confounding effects of years of working experience. These findings were also consistent after performing the analyses incorporating multiple imputations to address missing values. Findings from the study analysis helped provide theoretical and practical implications. Also recommendations were offered to conduct further research to study the barriers behind low attendance in PD among educational leaders, and to identify effective ways to motivate leaders especially females. Finally, recommendations were offered to the Ministry of Higher Education (MOHE) retains their efforts to provide more PD focusing on the skills leaders need. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Saudi Arabia