Date of Award

9-2006

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PHD)

Degree Program

Global Leadership - with a specialization in Education

Department

College of Education

First Advisor

William Leary

Second Advisor

Richard Cohen

Third Advisor

Cynthia Andreas

Abstract

This research explored the relationships between perceived leadership behaviors of college basketball coaches, team cohesion, and team performance, according to conference levels, genders, and years of team participation in Taiwanese college basketball programs. The study employed stratified random sampling to select 640 subjects fiom male and female Taiwanese college conference Al, A2, and A3, participated in the University Basketball Association (UBA) of Taiwan in 2005. A total of 522 participants who responded were valid. This study employed a four-part questionnaire to measure the variables and consists of the Socio-Demographic Profile, Leadership Scale for Sports (LSS), Group Environment Questionnaire (GEQ), and team performance, which was used to obtain the winning percentage of the subject's team in the season competitions of University Basketball Association (UBA) of Taiwan in 2005.

Varied statistical techniques were utilized to perform the collected data analysis in the study, including descriptive statistics, ANOVA, Pearson r Correlation Coefficients, and multiple regression analysis. Findings indicated that the Taiwanese college basketball conference A1 players perceived greater Democratic Behavior and Positive Feedback from coaches than conference A2 and A3 players. Male Taiwanese college basketball players perceived greater Training and Instruction Behavior from coaches while female Taiwanese college basketball players perceived more Autocratic and Social Support Behavior. The "under 1 year" Taiwanese college basketball players perceived more Social Support from their coaches than players in the "1 to under 2 year", "2 to under 3 year" and "3 and above 3 year" categories.

These findings suggest that in order to enhance the team's cohesion, the college basketball conference A1 and A2 players' coaches should engage in a higher achievement goal to excite the aspirations. For Taiwanese college basketball conference A3 players, coaches should create an atmosphere where respect and concern are fostered through practice and play among team members. Coach's Autocratic Behavior (from coach's leadership behaviors), Individual Attraction to Group-Task and Group Integration-Task (from team cohesion) are significant predictors of team performance. The limitations and future research recommendations are also included in this study.

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