Keywords

leadership, educational leadership, leadership vision, educational leadership vision, transformational leadership, leadership theory, vision alignment, educational vision alignment, leadership vision alignment, superintendent, principal, K-12

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to address a gap in the organizational leadership research related to the sharing, or alignment, of leadership vision across organizational levels, with a focus on educational vision alignment in Florida K-12 public school districts. The study also sought to determine to what extent, if any, there were differences among Florida school districts exhibiting different levels of educational vision alignment. The broad question addressed by the current research was this: To what degree are the educational visions of superintendents and principals aligned within Florida K-12 public school districts? The following research questions further guided the study: 1. What common themes can be found in the published vision statements of the 67 Florida K-12 public school districts? 2. To what extent, if any, do Florida K-12 public school district superintendents and their respective principals agree with one another on the importance of the common themes found in Florida school districts' published vision statements? 3. What is the relationship, if any, between educational vision alignment levels in Florida K-12 public school districts and principals' perceptions of their superintendents' leadership styles? 4. To what extent, if any, are there differences among Florida K-12 public school districts exhibiting different levels of educational vision alignment? The Florida Educational Vision Questionnaire Superintendent Form (FEVQ-S), a researcher developed questionnaire, was administered to all 67 Florida K-12 public school district superintendents. With superintendent approval, two additional questionnaires were administered to a sample of 242 principals in 23 school districts. The Florida Educational Vision Questionnaire Principal Form (FEVQ-P) and the Multifactor Leadership Questionnaire Form 5X Rater (MLQ-5X) (Avolio, Bass, & Jung, 1999) were returned fully completed by 105 principals in 21 districts. A total of 81 principal responses in 20 districts were usable, yielding overall usable response rates of 29.9% (superintendents) and 33.5% (principals). Comparisons of FEVQ responses of superintendents and principals in each school district were made using a researcher developed measure, the Educational Vision Alignment Index (EVAI). Within each district, the EVAI was compared with the superintendent's leadership style as measured by the principals' responses to the MLQ-5X. School districts were then compared using data obtained from the FEVQ demographic items, the Florida School Indicators Report (FSIR) (FLDOE, 2003a), the 2004 School Grades by District Report (FLDOE, n.d.), and the online Florida Public School Superintendents report (FLDOE, 2005c). The FSIR contains data on district characteristics such as operating costs, per pupil expenditures, school staff composition, student membership, student mobility rates, student stability rates, and teacher descriptors. The 2004 School Grades by District report contains both the school grades for each district and the total number of schools per district. The Florida Public School Superintendents report contains general school district information and superintendent status (i.e., elected or appointed) information. Detailed data analyses related to each of the four research questions indicated that: 1. Several common themes can be found in the published vision statements of the 67 Florida K-12 public school districts, 2. Florida K-12 public school district superintendents and their respective principals agree with one another on the importance of some of these common themes, 3. Several relationships exist between the educational vision alignment levels in Florida K-12 public school districts and principals' perceptions of their superintendents' leadership styles, and 4. There are differences among Florida K-12 public school districts exhibiting different levels of educational vision alignment. The current study illustrated that in Florida K-12 public school districts whose superintendents were perceived to be transformational leaders, a strong alignment of educational vision between the superintendents and their principals was also apparent, particularly in those districts having elected superintendents. Using the two researcher developed tools, the Florida Educational Vision Questionnaire (FEVQ) and the Educational Vision Alignment Index (EVAI), it was shown that this alignment pertained to specific content items, or themes, derived from an analysis of the educational vision statements of the 67 Florida school districts. These results indicate that the current emphasis in Florida on the development of transformational leaders who are knowledgeable in techniques for developing and communicating shared visions is therefore warranted.

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Graduation Date

2006

Semester

Fall

Advisor

House, Jess

Degree

Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)

College

College of Education

Department

Educational Research, Technology and Leadership

Degree Program

Educational Leadership

Format

application/pdf

Identifier

CFE0001349

URL

http://purl.fcla.edu/fcla/etd/CFE0001349

Language

English

Length of Campus-only Access

None

Access Status

Doctoral Dissertation (Open Access)

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