THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN SCHOOL ADMINISTER’S ATTITUDES TOWARDS TECHNOLOGY AND THEIR TRANSFORMATIONAL LEADERSHIP SKILLS
Sakarya University (TURKEY)
About this paper:
Conference name: 3rd International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies
Dates: 4-6 July, 2011
Location: Barcelona, Spain
Abstract:“Analysis of School Administrators’ Attitudes towards Technology” by Helvacı (2008) was applied according to the views of formal primary school administrators. Regarding their attitudes to technology, the school administrators were found to have positive attitudes on the dimensions of “following technology”; “using internet”; “being optimist about technology”. On the other hand, in a research named “Attitudes of High school Science Teachers towards Technology”, by İspir, Furkan and Çitil (2007), it was determined that in Kahramanmaraş, high school science teachers have positive attitudes towards technology. A research by Keleş (2009) on the level of showing transformational leadership qualities of primary school administrators, it was found that the dimension in which the administrators were seen most successful was ideal effect, but the one in which they were least successful was inspiring motivation. On the other hand, in his research, Çetiner (2008) determined a significant difference between teachers depending on variables of seniority and field. Moreover, according to a research applied in Technical High Schools by Çelik and Eryılmaz (2006), school administrators “seldom” show transformational leadership qualities, but “often” show the behaviors regarding the dimension of idealized effect of transformational leadership. In a research applied in Ankara by Koçak (2006), it was found that there is a meaningful correlation between job satisfaction and transformational leadership qualities of school administrators.
Objective of the research
Technology is used in every level of education from primary school to university. I this respect, today when change is unavoidable, educational institutions’ fulfilling their functions depends on their skills for adapting to technological developments and for using technology actively. What lights the way for the changes in the school structure and administration, is the leadership role shown by the school administrators. In this regard, for the education in our country to reach the expected level, leadership skills of school administrators can be said to be very important. Subject of this study is to determine whether there is a correlation between the administrators’ attitudes towards technology and transformational leadership qualities.
Objectives, Scope and the Methods to Reach Objectives
The objective of this study is to analyze the correlation between the attitudes towards technology and transformational leadership qualities of school administrators serving in primary and high schools in Sakarya and Diyarbakır. For this objective, the sample chosen with the scales of attitudes towards technology and transformational leadership is going to be studied on. The population consists of 184 administrators serving in the centre of Sakarya and 196 serving in Diyarbakır, 380 administrators in total. The samples chosen randomly from this population is to be studied on. The data collected is going to be evaluated with SPSS 15,0 packet program. For data analysis, t-test, Anova and correlation techniques were used. Regarding the data found, administrators’ attitudes towards technology and educational leadership skills is going to be annotated comparatively between Sakarya and Diyarbakır. Findings were presented systematically and suggestions were made according to the result of the study.
Keywords: Attitudes towards technology, transformational leadership, school administrators.