Explanation of school administrators' problem solving skills with their personality traits, emotional intelligence and emphatic tendency

Palanci M. , Okutan M.

1st World Conference on Learning, Teaching and Administration (WCLTA), Cairo, Mısır, 29 - 31 Ekim 2010, cilt.9 identifier identifier


The purpose of this study is to develop a predictive model for explanation of the problem solving skills of school administrators. School management process composes of students, educational activities, teachers, families and important problems arising from social environment. School administrators are expected to create accurate, rapid, effective and accepted solutions for the problems they encountered depending on their corporate visions and school development programs. The research has been conducted over data acquired from 308 administrators working in official state schools through descriptive method. Research data were obtained by means of Problem Solving Skills Scale, Five-factor Personality Scale, Emphatic Tendency Scale, Emotional Intelligence Scale and Personal Details Form prepared. Data were analyzed via SPSS/Windows 17.0 package program. 308 administrators' data of which pre-analyses were performed and which are suitable for use were dealt with descriptive, correlation and linear, multi-directional regression analysis. As a result of analysis, a mean and higher level correlation was found between problem solving skills and personality traits depending on five-factor classification, emphatic tendency and emotional intelligence. Regression analysis results revealed that 6 different problem solving skills of administrators were predicted by research variables and model was explained at a significant level. Research findings were discussed within the scope of school management process, administrator training, school development projects. (C) 2010 Published by Elsevier Ltd.