School of Education
Doctor of Philosophy
quasi-experimental, education, fire, officer, leadership self-efficacy, training, quantitative
Grady, Thomas James III, "The Effect of Satisfying the Requirements for Fire Officer School on Leadership Self-Efficacy among Fire Service Officers: A Quasi-Experimental, Nonequivalent Control Groups Study" (2023). Doctoral Dissertations and Projects. 4338.
The purpose of this quasi-experimental, nonequivalent control groups study was to determine if a statistically significant difference exists in fire officer leadership self-efficacy of officers who have attended fire officer training school and those who have not attended fire officer school. This study utilized self-efficacy theory, leadership self-efficacy theory, social cognitive theory, and adult learning theory to support explanation of such standards. This quasi-experimental, nonequivalent control groups study employed the Bobbio and Manganelli’s Leadership Self-Efficacy Scale (LSES) to assess the degree of fire officer leadership self-efficacy. Within testing sites, there was a treatment group (Training) and a control group (No Training). Sampling methods included convenience and voluntary response sampling of fire officers from two different fire departments. The number of participants sampled was 100. The utilized statistic was the independent samples t test. An independent samples t test was used to test the null hypothesis: is there a difference among the leadership self-efficacy scores of participants who attended fire officer school and those who did not attend fire officer school? The findings state that there is no significant difference between fire officer leadership self-efficacy of fire officers who have attended fire officer training school and those who have not attended fire officer school t(99)=0.11, p < 0.05. Upon completion of this study, it was determined that future empirical research is recommended to include a greater number of participants, a more diverse set of participants, of more fire departments, and across a vaster area.