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Transformational leadership and job satisfaction in vocational high schools in Türkiye: a multilevel mediation model of teacher professional learning and self-efficacy

Murat Özdemir (Department of Educational Administration, Hacettepe Universitesi, Ankara, Turkey)
Barış Eriçok (Department of Educational Sciences, Nevsehir Haci Bektas University, Nevsehir, Turkey)
Hakan Topaloğlu (Ondokuz Mayis Universitesi, Samsun, Turkey)
Gamze Tuti (Ministry of National Education, Ankara, Turkey)

Journal of Educational Administration

ISSN: 0957-8234

Article publication date: 16 April 2024

Issue publication date: 9 May 2024

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Abstract

Purpose

In recent decades, researchers have increasingly begun to study the effects of transformational leadership on various teachers’ attitudes in K-12 settings. However, studies on the effect of transformational leadership on the job satisfaction of vocational high school teachers are not sufficient. Therefore, in this study, the nature of the relationship between transformational leadership and job satisfaction in Turkish vocational high schools was examined.

Design/methodology/approach

The study data came from 847 teachers working at 82 state vocational high schools located in 12 regions in Türkiye. To test the research model, we conducted multilevel structural equation modeling to explore the structural relationships between transformational leadership, teacher professional learning, teacher’ self-efficacy and job satisfaction.

Findings

The analysis confirms that teacher professional learning and self-efficacy are prominent mediators in the relationship between transformational leadership and job satisfaction in Turkish vocational high schools.

Originality/value

The present study is expected to contribute to the body of research focusing on the effects of transformational leadership on job satisfaction in vocational high schools. Implications for theory, practice and policy are discussed.

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Citation

Özdemir, M., Eriçok, B., Topaloğlu, H. and Tuti, G. (2024), "Transformational leadership and job satisfaction in vocational high schools in Türkiye: a multilevel mediation model of teacher professional learning and self-efficacy", Journal of Educational Administration, Vol. 62 No. 3, pp. 309-324. https://doi.org/10.1108/JEA-08-2023-0200

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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