Adaptive Leadership in Education: Understanding Principal Task Behavior Changes in Response to Middle Leader Turnover (78176)

Session Information: Educational Policy, Leadership, Management & Administration
Session Chair: Lucie Zundans-Fraser

Thursday, 28 March 2024 09:40
Session: Session 1
Room: Room 603
Presentation Type: Oral Presentation

All presentation times are UTC + 9 (Asia/Tokyo)

This study utilizes the theoretical framework of adaptive leadership to investigate the underlying mechanisms behind changes in principals' task behaviors (PTB) in response to middle leader turnover. We gathered survey data from 203 school leaders in Hong Kong. Using this data, we first applied Confirmatory Factor Analysis (CFA) to validate the structure of the school principals' task behaviors. Following this, we employed Structural Equation Modeling (SEM) to examine the relationships among middle leaders' replacement rate, challenges in teaching performance and team collegiality, and changes in principal task behavior.CFA reveals a five-factor model of the PTB. Each of the five components is distinct and contributes to the overall construct. Further, SEM results indicate that middle leaders' replacement rate is positively related to challenges in teaching performance and team collegiality. It also has a direct negative influence on principal instructional management and administration. Additionally, the challenges related to teaching performance influence all PTBs, whereas challenges of team collegiality influence the PTB in Instructional Management, Internal Relations, and Administration. Theoretically, this study leverages the concept of PTB to support the idea of adaptive leadership as a multifaceted construct. Practically, the application of adaptive leadership has elucidated the impacts of middle leaders' replacement rate and pinpointed the challenge of teaching performance as a pivotal factor that drives principals to encourage and facilitate teachers' adaptation to changing circumstances. Regarding the challenge of team collegiality, the findings indicate that empowerment and collegiality may no longer be the highest priority for principals.

Chun Sing Maxwell Ho, The Education University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Qinghua Liu, Boston College, United States

About the Presenter(s)
Dr Chun Sing Maxwell Ho is a University Assistant Professor/Lecturer at The Education University of Hong Kong in Hong Kong

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