Path Goal Leadership Theory

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Currently, 15 million students are enrolled in grades 9 through 12 in the United States, however, approximately 975,000 of those students will never graduate (National Center for Education Statistic, 2016a, p.1). Consequently, studies have shown for the 6.5% of students that do not complete high school economic challenges are highly probably (National Center for Education Statistic, 2016b, p.1). For example, high school dropouts earn $9,200 less a year than their counterparts, and are also three times more likely to face prolonged periods of unemployment in the future (Burrus & Roberts, 2012, p.1). Graduation rates also demonstrate a strong correlation to individuals’ need for government assistance and criminal behaviors, posing potential economic challenges for the communities they live in (Burrus & Roberts, 2012, p.2). Although a variety of factors contribute to student’s decision to drop out, 70% attribute it to …show more content…
This case study will provide an analysis of how the article “Teachers’ leadership: A maker or a breaker of students’ educational motivation”, employed path-goal leadership theory to further explore this …show more content…
123). For example in regards to performance-oriented teachers, otherwise known as achievement-oriented behaviors, one student stated that “constantly encouraging me by saying that I can handle everything if I just invest in it and want it. It is inspiring and makes it easier” (Oqvist & Malmstrom, 2016, p.4). Similarly, a students said of one guiding teacher “The teacher does not give up, she keeps going until she knows that I understand. I could not do it without the teacher’s help, and I always manage my tasks due to the teacher’s help. I do not feel stupid at all, but rather motivated to fight to manage my tasks’ (Oqvist & Malmstrom, 2016,

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