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NCJ Number: 221844 Find in a Library
Title: Staff Education and Transformational Leadership in Criminal Justice
Author(s): Ray Bynum
Date Published: December 2007
Page Count: 278
Sponsoring Agency: Northern Arizona University
Flagstaff, Arizona , AZ 86011
Sale Source: Northern Arizona University
South San Francisco Street
Flagstaff, Arizona, AZ 86011
United States of America
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Dissertation/Thesis
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This dissertation used a survey of criminal justice officers (corrections and law enforcement), supervisors, administrators, and college professors in southern Arizona in order to determine their attitudes toward the role of advanced education in the development of leadership skills needed to provide positive transformation in criminal justice organizations.
Abstract: Respondents strongly agreed that advanced education could develop skills that would be useful in criminal justice organizations. There was less agreement on the usefulness of advanced education for personal development ("self-actualization") and resolving issues with other staff. Approximately one-third of the respondents indicated that the teaching methods used in advanced education had no relationship to their perceptions of the usefulness of advanced education in providing the leadership skills needed to improve the structure and functioning of criminal justice organizations. Further, although there was strong support for the importance of criminal justice officers having excellent leadership skills, many did not believe that advanced education would be necessary to motivate officers to achieve self-actualization in their careers. Compared with criminal justice personnel, college professors had a significantly stronger belief that advanced education would provide motivation toward self-actualization in a criminal justice career, including the development of leadership skills that contribute to resolving issues with staff. The study concludes that although criminal justice agencies have attempted to use advanced education of staff to produce transformation within the organization, they are unclear about how advanced education becomes linked to positive organizational change, specifically the nature of curriculum content that best transfers to organizational change, as well as the instructional methods that promote leadership and organizational transformation. Suggestions are offered for further research. A total of 232 completed surveys representing the target populations provided responses to open-ended questions about attitudes toward advanced education, curricula, and leadership. 78 tables, appended questionnaire, and 200 references
Main Term(s): Criminology
Index Term(s): Arizona; Change management; Correctional personnel attitudes; Higher education; Leadership; Organization development; Police attitudes; Police higher education
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