Fostering teachers' team learning: An interplay between transformational leadership and participative decision-making?

Machiel Bouwmans*, Piety Runhaar, Renate Wesselink, Martin Mulder

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Abstract

The implementation of educational innovations by teachers seems to benefit from a team approach and team learning. The study's goal is to examine to what extent transformational leadership is associated with team learning, and to investigate the mediating roles of participative decision-making, team commitment, task interdependence and teachers' proactivity in this association. Data were analysed using multilevel structural equation modeling (N = 992 teachers, 92 teams). Results show that transformational leadership had direct and indirect positive associations with team learning through all mediators. These results provide insights into how transformational leaders can have a positive influence on team learning.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)71-80
JournalTeaching and Teacher Education
Volume65
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017

Keywords

  • Affective team commitment
  • Participative decision-making
  • Task interdependence
  • Team learning
  • Team member proactivity
  • Transformational leadership

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