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Abstract
Title: THE INFLUENCE OF BLENDED LEARNING MODEL ON DEVELOPING LEADERSHIP SKILLS OF SCHOOL ADMINISTRATORS
Authors: Dr. Tufan Aytaç
Abstract:
The usage of b-learning approach on in-service education activities in Turkish education system are getting more and more important these days. Generally, traditional education and computer based education applications are used on in-service education activities. Blended learning (b-learning) combines online learning with face-to-face learning. The goal of blended learning is to provide the most efficient and effective learning experience by combining learning environments. The purpose of this research is to find out the effect of b-learning approach on developing administrators’ leadership skills. To identify what the school administrators’ educational needs and to know their existing leadership skills, needs assessment questionnaire was applied to 72 school administrators who were selected from 33 primary schools in 11 region of Ankara capital city. According to the descriptive statistical analysis results of questionnaire, in-service training programme was prepared for the development of school administrators’ leadership skills. The school administrators were separated into three groups as computer based learning (CBL) (25 participants), blended learning (BL) (23 participants) and traditional learning (TL) (24 participant) groups. These groups were trained separately with these three different learning environments by using the in-service training programme. According to the results of pre-test, post test and achievements score means, it was observed that BL groups’ score is the highest when compared to TL and CBL groups. As a result of this research, in terms of achievements and effectiveness, b-learning was found to be the most effective learning environment when compared to the others. Both learners and tutors findings strongly suggest that blended learning is available alternative delivery method for inservice education