Term of Award

Spring 2010

Degree Name

Doctor of Education in Education Administration (Ed.D.)

Document Type and Release Option

Dissertation (open access)

Department

Department of Leadership, Technology, and Human Development

Committee Chair

Linda Arthur

Committee Member 1

James Green

Committee Member 2

John Lairsey

Abstract

The purpose of this study is to determine the degree of the relationship between distributed leadership as perceived by teachers and the affective commitment of teachers. Participants in this study were administered an instrument containing two surveys, the revised Affective Commitment Scale (ACS) (Allen & Meyer, 1990) and the Leadership Density Inventory (LDI) (Smith, Ross, & Robichaux, 2004). The ACS was used to assess the participants' level of affective commitment, and the LDI was used to measure the practice of distributed leadership in the participants' schools. The surveys were distributed to teachers in fifteen schools located in four school districts in a rural, South Georgia Regional Educational Service Agency (RESA) district. The response rate for this study was 84.2%. A Spearman rho correlation coefficient was used to determine the degree of the relationship between distributed leadership and the affective commitment of teachers. The findings revealed that a moderate, positive relationship existed between the practice of distributed leadership and the affective commitment of teachers. Teachers showed a greater commitment to their schools when leadership was shared among all stakeholders, especially teachers.

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