Research Day 2018 Schedule

Event Title

Transformational Leadership and Quality in Head Start Programs

Author/ Authors/ Presenter/ Presenters/ Panelists:

Carol Morrison, Governors State UniversityFollow

Location

D34115

Start Date

4-6-2018 10:10 AM

End Date

4-6-2018 11:10 AM

Abstract

This study examined the leadership style of Head Start and Early Head Start leaders in the context of program quality. The study was designed to answer the question: Does transformational leadership contribute to quality in Head Start/Early Head Start programs?

Using a quantitative design within a transformational leadership theory framework, Head Start/Early Head Start Directors, Education Coordinators, Site/Center Directors and Chief Executive Officers will be asked to answer a brief (10- 15 minute) survey. Information on the education level of the leader, years of experience of the leader, program site accreditation by the National Association for the Education of Young Children, grantee monitoring status, and designation renewal status for all programs was requested. In addition, information from the most recent Program Information Report (PIR) was requested on the survey. CLASS Instructional Learning Format Scores for Head Start programs were also examined. Leadership style was measured by the Global Transformational Leadership Scale (GTL), (Carless, Wearing & Mann, 2000) a valid and reliable scale of transformational leadership that is seven questions in length.

Data was gathered using a link embedded in email leading to a Survey Monkey © hosted survey. Recipients were asked to forward to other leaders within their program. Data was analyzed using Bivariate Correlation analysis and yielded moderate correlations to several of the quality indicators. Leadership is important in Head Start programs and has a moderate but significant effect on quality in programs.

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Apr 6th, 10:10 AM Apr 6th, 11:10 AM

Transformational Leadership and Quality in Head Start Programs

D34115

This study examined the leadership style of Head Start and Early Head Start leaders in the context of program quality. The study was designed to answer the question: Does transformational leadership contribute to quality in Head Start/Early Head Start programs?

Using a quantitative design within a transformational leadership theory framework, Head Start/Early Head Start Directors, Education Coordinators, Site/Center Directors and Chief Executive Officers will be asked to answer a brief (10- 15 minute) survey. Information on the education level of the leader, years of experience of the leader, program site accreditation by the National Association for the Education of Young Children, grantee monitoring status, and designation renewal status for all programs was requested. In addition, information from the most recent Program Information Report (PIR) was requested on the survey. CLASS Instructional Learning Format Scores for Head Start programs were also examined. Leadership style was measured by the Global Transformational Leadership Scale (GTL), (Carless, Wearing & Mann, 2000) a valid and reliable scale of transformational leadership that is seven questions in length.

Data was gathered using a link embedded in email leading to a Survey Monkey © hosted survey. Recipients were asked to forward to other leaders within their program. Data was analyzed using Bivariate Correlation analysis and yielded moderate correlations to several of the quality indicators. Leadership is important in Head Start programs and has a moderate but significant effect on quality in programs.