Transformational leadership and student outcomes: evidence from Rivers State, Nigeria

Smith Theodore, Rachel Folafunke (2018) Transformational leadership and student outcomes: evidence from Rivers State, Nigeria. PhD thesis, University of Nottingham.

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Despite the widely accepted theories on transformational leadership and its impact on student outcomes, in the West, much less is known about this model in developing countries, including Nigeria. This study explored how learners' outcomes are affected by transformational leadership in Rivers State. The research mapped the prevalent leadership styles to see whether, and to what extent, they illustrated any components of transformational leadership, using Bass’s six transformational leadership (TL) measuring instruments.

This exploratory study adopted a mixed-methods approach to investigate this phenomenon, with a multiple case-study design, in five schools from the rural riverine and urban communities of Rivers State, Nigeria. Learners' attainments were examined using a documentary approach while principal and teacher perspectives were obtained via semi-structured interviews.

Existing Western theories relating to transformational leadership were confirmed, contradicted, modified, and extended, in this African context. The findings revealed that transformational leadership in Rivers State shares some similarities with Western research and literature but also exhibits certain dissimilarities. The research confirms the growing recognition that leadership theories and models need to be adapted when applied to new, and developing, contexts.

Item Type: Thesis (University of Nottingham only) (PhD)
Supervisors: Bush, Tony T.
Townsend, Andrew A.
Keywords: Transformational leadership; High schools, Nigeria
Subjects: H Social sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB1603 Secondary education. High schools
Faculties/Schools: UK Campuses > Faculty of Social Sciences, Law and Education > School of Education
Item ID: 50904
Depositing User: Smith Theodore, Rachel
Date Deposited: 16 Jul 2018 04:40
Last Modified: 08 May 2020 08:04

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