Educational Leadership and Technology Research Paper

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Leadership for Technology Enhanced Education

Organization of paper

This paper is divided into 4 sections. In section one, the paper begins by presenting a brief overview that includes how the paper is organized. Following this, the paper presents and defines the construct, Technology Education Leadership, and discusses the significance of the chosen concept. Then, the paper presents and describes the one seminal article identified, which is most central to Technology Education Leadership.

Thereafter in part 2, the paper presents seminal audit research table that summarizes and presents the content of 12 research articles that utilize and build on the concept of technology Education Leadership. In this section a literature table composed of four columns is created populated with the research findings. The table columns include title of the article, author(s) of article, article synopsis and contributions to the chosen construct.

Thereafter in part 3, the paper discusses the content of the table created in part 2 of the assignment. Beginning with the seminal article presented in Part 1, this section discusses how the construct has evolved over time. It describes key articles in the historical thread and highlight how they contributed to the advancement of the seminal work. This section looks for and analyzes patterns across the different articles. This section is concluded by discussing the current view of the construct in research and practice.

In part 4, the paper provides a conclusion by addressing three questions: (1) As a result of completing the audit, what has been learnt about the construct? (2) What further research needs to be conducted to generate additional knowledge about the construct? (3) In what ways did this assignment help with thinking through how I might pursue my doctoral research literature review?

Defining the chosen construct and its significance

The chosen construct educational leadership. This is because, today, educational organizations have become subject to a number of challenges. Dealing with these challenges requires educational leadership to successfully manage swift changes within the educational settings, technological growth and development, increasing student diversity and varied expectations, increasing learner awareness and curiosity, and the like. Confronting these challenges managing them effectively, educational institutions ought to embrace leaders who assume a specific set of traits, attitude as well as skill-set so as to deal with the current complexities in the educational realm.

Description of one seminal article identified

Technology Education Leadership is a relatively new field. I plan to research social media and adaptive learning influence on literacy skills. I selected this article because it deals with leadership and technology. My interests relate more to literacy and technology, but this article makes a good comprise for the parameters of the assignment. The article describes the rapidly revolutionizing atmosphere in technology (as it was at the time). It also illustrates paradigm shifts that commanded the macro change of technology- enriched education. The following issues are evaluated issues: (1) How higher education administrators and educators can assist institutions in adapting to this change; (2) whether efforts should be consolidated or dispersed; and (3) what pioneering leadership skills are needed. His research will prove to be very useful in my line of work and research.

Part 2: Seminal Audit Research Table (4-5 pages)

Title of the Article

Author(s) of Article

Article Synopsis


Evolution of Situational Leadership theory: A critical review; leadership quarterly, 8-2, 1997.

Claude, L. Graeff

The study summarizes the original SLT critique, which was introduced by Graeff in 1981 and then elaborates the changes the theory has undergone since then in the academic literature. The study also presents the theory's strengths and limitations, as well as, crucial issues pertaining to the theory. Its concept model and concept's uncertainty being incomplete and irrational is also debated. Results of various peer reviewed articles, which made efforts to validate the results, are also discussed in the paper.

This study revealed why it is important to successfully manage internal and external conflicts in order to produce effective results.


Leadership. The Educational Forum; 69-2, 2005.

James, P Spillane

This study has addressed to the question: "What does it mean to take a distributed perspective on school leadership?" The author neither intends to offer diverse effects of the different perceptions nor wants to acknowledge the description of the "one best." He intends to outlay his own definition rather than the standard stock definition of distributed leadership. A synopsis of distributed leadership with key points, notions, and a definite description is outlined. The author next addresses the impacts of distributive leadership on people, a group of individuals, events and organization's paradigm. Lastly, he has modeled the example of wine vendors and delved on the model's implication for experimentation, research and application in the real world for the evolution of leadership.

This study helped shed light on why conceptualization and planning is vital for the macro-level change of technology integration within the educational realm.

Ethical leadership: A review and future directions; The Leadership Quarterly 17, 595 -- 616, 2006.

Michael E. Brown; and Linda K. Trevino

This literature review emphasis on the evolving concept of the ethical leadership pertaining to this concept with other correlated concepts that have a common factor of morality and ethics towards leadership. The authors identify the connection between ethics and leadership propose suggestions about the originators of the concept and the consequences of the ethical leadership. The authors also identify the future issues and address these issues with research and the implication of the hypotheses. They also discussed a review that the ethical leadership is an unexplored genre and have offered researchers opportunity to work with them and make new discoveries in this genre to improvise and advance the theory.

This study proved why it is important to build strategic alliances with both shareholders and stakeholders.

Trait-Based Perspectives of Leadership. American Psychologist, 2007.

Stephen J. Zaccaro

Peculiar perception of the leadership traits is well elaborated and proven by many scholars. The author in this study debates that the trait approach had been rife in the initial years of research. Afterwards, when shaping the background they despised the theory because of its insularity between the leaders and non-leaders. It is also documented about the failure of approach in diverse events, situations and perceptions. The author's critique suggests that instead of many singular traits one can link many integral concepts and traits to form a more acceptable leadership. Nevertheless, the study also point towards the issues faced due to singular or dominant trait patterns that conversely impacts the stability of an organization and leads to diversions from one singular path. Lastly, the author concludes with a multi-stage concept that details some influential leadership traits which have more impact on the qualities of the leadership.

This study revealed why it is important to successfully manage internal and external conflicts in order to produce effective results.

Embracing Transformational Leadership: Team Values and the Impact of Leader Behavior on Team Performance. Journal of Applied Psychology, 92-4, 1020 -- 1030, 2007.

Sandra E. Cha

This critique has author examined the relationship between the transformational leadership behavior and team functions and operations. This study was conducted in Hong Kong and United States and the subjects for this study had been 218 finance teams. Its results showed that team potency and team performance are correlated to the transformational leadership. The author elaborates the impacts of the transformational leadership has on team potency, the team collective-ness and team motivation. It showed that higher power distance teams are more performance oriented productive teams that displayed the stronger impacts of transformational leadership on a team's effectiveness. The author supported the concept with data emerging from both the countries, which showed strong signs of convergence in exactly how a team operates in the East and the West. The high spots of the signification of the team ethics, values and morals are also included in this study.

This study helped us prove why building internal and external political support for increased funding models has proven to be a vital sub-construct to support technology enhanced education.

Asking the Right Questions About Leadership:

Discussion and Conclusions. American Psychologist, 2007.

J. Richard Hackman and Ruth Wageman

The researchers in this study focused on five key questions emerging from the special issue on leadership of the American Psychologist in January 2007. Firstly, under what circumstances/situations is leadership important? how do personal attributes of leaders allow them to interact in specific situations to fashion results? Is the idea of high and low leadership qualitatively a distinct prodigy? how can leadership theories be redesigned so that they are able to deal with all associates as not just followers but also leaders? And Lastly, what is the best way to help leaders learn?

This study revealed why it is important to successfully manage internal and external conflicts in order to produce effective results.

Leadership Style and Team Processes in Self-Managed Teams. Journal of Leadership & Organizational Studies. 14: 332, 2008.

Stephanie T. Solansky

The researcher in this study claims that the merits of team leadership have been largely discussed due to…

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