Date of Award

5-2011

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Education (MEd)

Department

Educational Leadership

First Advisor

Dr. Ali Ibrahim

Second Advisor

Dr. Hassan Alkhamiri

Third Advisor

Dr. Ali Al Kaabi (Advisor

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to investigate the important characteristics and features influencing effective educational leadership from the perspectives of teachers. There were six main features that were investigated in this study. These are: model the way, inspire a shared vision, challenge the process, enable others to act, encourage the heart, and have a global mind set. The study was guided by one research question. Data for this study were collected through a survey questionnaire. It contains 36 close ended-questions and one open-ended question. The instrument rated responses on a five level Likert Scale questionnaire which is rated from strongly agree to strongly disagree. The participants were 414 teachers from public school of Al Ain Educational Zone. After collecting the questionnaires, data were analyzed using the analytical software the SPSS. For the open-ended question, the suggested features were computed to find out the percentage and frequency. The results of the study indicated that there are eight important features of effective educational leadership. Three of these features were ordered to be three important features of effective educational leadership. These three most important features are: treating people with dignity and respect, encouraging and praising people for their jobs, and setting a personal model of what is expected.

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