International Journal of

Arts , Humanities & Social Science

ISSN 2693-2547 (Print) , ISSN 2693-2555 (Online)
A Study on the Relationship between the Principals' Change Leadership and Construction of Teachers' Professional Capital

Abstract

The purpose of this study is to elucidate the relationship between principals’ change leadership and teachers’ professional capital. Adopting a teacher perspective, the researchers of this study investigated teachers’ views on the effects of principals’ change leadership on establishing teachers’ community, respecting teachers’ decisions, participating in school decision-making, and incorporating information technology. In this study, 485 elementary and secondary school teachers from Taipei, Taiwan were interviewed using a questionnaire. Relevant data were collected using a principals’ change leadership scale and teachers’ professional capital scale. The results of a canonical correlation analysis indicated a significant positive correlation between principals’ change leadership style and teachers’ professional capital (ρ = .90). Among the styles of principals’ change leadership, teachers viewed transformational leadership most highly and agreed that establishment of a professional community contributes to social capital. This study indicated that according to teachers’ views, principals adopting transformational leadership styles, acknowledging teachers’ knowledge and expertise, promoting teachers’ professional community, developing teaching practices, respecting teachers’ teaching decisions, encouraging teachers’ participation in school decision-making, and encouraging application of technological media in teaching are all conducive to the generation of teachers’ professional capital.