The Development of a Structure Equation Model, for Goal Achievement and Preparation for a Future Education Leader

By Sofia D. Anastasiadou and Ifigenia Kofou.

Published by The International Journal of Educational Organization and Leadership

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Leadership is defined as a visionary activity that aims at discerning the values of an organization, making these values exemplary, and inspiring, even transforming the people in the organization, so as to feel and act in the same way in order to achieve predetermined objectives. Even though there is no specific model of successful leadership, the main schools of thought attempt to identify effective leaders’ characteristics and the organization factors that affect one's ability to lead, and study the leader's associates group characteristics and how they affect his efficiency. By means of a questionnaire based on the following axes: leadership conditions, the leader’s personality traits, the potential leader’s skills and competencies, leadership styles, actions for goal achievement and preparation for a future leader, the current study examines the validity and reliability of an instrument (a structural equation model), which records the influential factors on the axis of actions for goal achievement and preparation for a future education leader. More specifically, it evaluates construct validity by estimating both convergent and discriminate validity, while evaluating the internal consistency of the instrument itself, and estimates how the instrument determines the reasonable relations among the latent factors mentioned above, and how it describes the reasonable results and assigns the quality of data fit within it. The specific instrument can be used by researchers to evaluate the effect of these parameters on effective leadership, and by candidate educators or class teachers-leaders to be aware of the changing role of leadership factors in order to be well-prepared and effective.

Keywords: Construct Validity, Instrument, Leadership

The International Journal of Educational Organization and Leadership, Volume 19, Issue 2, pp.41-55. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 417.584KB).

Dr. Sofia D. Anastasiadou

Associate Professor, Department of Preeschool Education, University of Western Macedonia, Thessaloniki, Greece, Greece

Sofia Anastasiadou holds a BSc from the Department of Mathematics of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in Greece, a master’s degree in mathematics education from Surrey University of Kingston in Great Bretagne. She has obtained her Ph.D. in Multidimensional Statistical Analysis at the Macedonia University of Thessaloniki in Greece. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Applied Statistics and Educational Research in the Department of Preschool Education at the University of Western Macedonia in Greece. Apart form Statistics and Mathematics Education in Primary, Secondary and Higher Education her research interests are also focused in the Analysis and Interpretation of Multivariate Data for Social Science. Sofia Anastasiadou has published more than 120 papers in Greek, European and International Scientific Journals.

Dr. Ifigenia Kofou

PhD Candidate, French Department, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki, Greece

Ifigenia Kofou is a PhD candidate in Language Teaching and Language Communication at the French Department of the School of Philosophy of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece. She has an MA in Sciences of Language and Communication at the New Economic Environment and is a graduate from the English Department of the School of Philosophy of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. She works as an EL teacher for the Secondary Education in Greece, has been a board member of the Secondary Education EL Teachers Association of Northern Greece and has taken part in plenty of ELT training programmes and seminars.