A Study of Teachers’ Leadership Styles at Two Bilingual Schools in Bangkok, Thailand

Authors

  • Marlar Win Than
  • Watana Vinitwatanakhun

Keywords:

Teachers, Leadership Styles, Bilingual School, Age, Work Experience

Abstract

This study identified the most frequently used leadership style, to compare each leadership style with teachers’ age groups, and to determine the relationship between the leadership styles and their work experience. The study had 3 objectives, which were 1) to identify the most frequently used leadership styles by teachers at two bilingual schools in Bangkok, Thailand, 2) to compare each leadership style with different age groups of teachers at both schools, and lastly 3) to determine the relationship between teachers’ leadership styles and their work experience. This study was conducted at Amnuay Silpa School (ANS) and Interkids Bilingual School (IBS). Both schools are located in Bangkok, Thailand. In this research, there were 100 respondents out of the entire targeted population (N = 111) in kindergarten and primary levels at both schools. A survey was sent to individual schools. The survey checked the transformational leadership, transactional leadership style, and demographic factors of the teachers. There were three hypotheses in total. Two of them were rejected but one of them existed. There is a significant difference in the use of transactional leadership style among different age groups of teachers in both schools. The findings in this researcher were 1) transformational leadership style was the most frequently used by teachers at two bilingual schools in Bangkok, Thailand, 2) there was no significant difference in the use of transformational leadership style among different age groups of teachers in both schools, 3) there was a significant difference in the use of transactional leadership style among different age groups of teachers in both schools, and 4) there was no significant relationship between teachers’ leadership styles and their work experience. The researcher recommends teachers in kindergarten and primary teachers use more transformational leadership style in their classroom because according to the theory, the outcome or the achievement of the students will be beyond the expectation. Further research should be conducted using other demographic factors of teachers at international schools or government schools.

Author Biographies

Marlar Win Than

M.Ed. Candidate in Educational Administration, Graduate School of Education, Assumption University, Thailand

Watana Vinitwatanakhun

Ph.D., Program Director of M.Ed in Educational Administration, Graduate School of Education, Assumption University, Thailand

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Published

2014-06-01

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