Relationship between public school teachers’ perceived crisis leadership, trust in management and attitudes towards distance education

2022-9-29
Erdoğan, İlayda
Crises threaten organizational life dramatically and the COVID-19 pandemic demonstrated educational organizations are also affected by the consequences of a crisis. Teachers' attitudes are important for the continuation of education in times of crisis when distance education is a necessity. Although literature presents numerous factors related to teachers’ attitudes towards distance education, there have not been many empirical studies examining the relationship between other contextual factors such as principal’s crisis leadership, trust in principal, trust in MoNE, and teachers’ attitudes towards distance education. Therefore, this study aims to examine the relationship between perceived crisis leadership, trust in principal and MoNE, and teachers’ attitudes towards distance education. For this purpose, the study was designed as a correlational one. Participants of the study involved 468 teachers working at primary, middle, and high school level public schools. The cluster sampling method was used to collect data through face-to-face administration of the scales. Data collection instruments were Distance Education Attitude Scale, Trust in Principal Scale, Trust in MoNE Scale, and Crisis Leader Efficacy in Assessing and Deciding (C-LEAD) Scale. Hierarchical regression analyses were performed, and results indicated that perceived crisis leadership is a significant predictor of teachers’ positive attitudes towards distance education while trust in MoNE is a significant predictor of teachers’ negative attitudes towards distance education. This study can present findings on the importance of increasing the principals’ crisis leadership behaviors. Moreover, this study may provide a deeper understanding for decision-makers in the ministry to arrange the regulations in consideration of crisis management.

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Citation Formats
İ. Erdoğan, “Relationship between public school teachers’ perceived crisis leadership, trust in management and attitudes towards distance education,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2022.