Dissertation Abstract

The Relationship Between the Perceived Leadership Styles of Directors of Associate Degree Radiography Programs and Faculty Satisfaction, Willingness to Exert Extra Effort, Perceived Director Effectiveness, and Program Outcomes

Publication Number:  AAT3095029
Author:  Shaver, Gary Wayne
School:  Florida Atlantic University
Date:  2003
Pages:  211
Subject:  Education, Higher (0745); Education, Administration (0514)

The focus of this study was to examine the faculty-perceived leadership styles of directors of associate degree radiography programs and to determine if significant relationships existed between those styles and faculty perceptions of director effectiveness, faculties' satisfaction, and the faculties' willingness to exert extra effort. This study also examined the relationships between the directors' leadership styles and three radiography program outcomes: American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) exam pass rate, program completion rate, and job placement rate. Further, the relationship between the directors' leadership styles and demographic information was also examined. Directors' leadership styles were measured with the Multifactor Leadership Questionnaire (MLQ) (Form 5x-Short). Director, faculty, and program-specific demographic information was assessed with two researcher-designed questionnaires. Demographic questionnaires were mailed to all directors of Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT) accredited associate degree radiography programs (n = 321) located in the United States and Puerto Rico. One hundred and fifty-one (47%) responses were received. Faculty (n = 352) were randomly selected from names submitted by their respective program director. Each was sent a demographic questionnaire and the MLQ (Form 5x-Short). One hundred and seventy-six (50%) responses were received. Hierarchical multiple regression procedures and Pearson correlations were used to analyze the data. The findings of this study indicated that the transformational, transactional, and laissez-faire factors are significant predictors of program director effectiveness, faculty satisfaction, and the faculties' willingness to exert extra effort and the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) Exam pass rate. None of the leadership factors significantly predicted program completion rate, job placement rate, or the eight and five-year JRCERT accreditation awards. There was no significant correlation between directors' leadership styles and the demographic variables.

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