ERIC Number: ED025040
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968-Aug-9
Reference Count: 0
Effects of Democratic Leadership Instruction on Elementary School Faculty Meetings. Final Report.
Peterson, R. Duane
A study tested the effectiveness of six 2-hour seminars in changing the behavior of elementary school principals in faculty meetings. Eighteen elementary principals from six metropolitan Detroit school districts participated in the study. The subject matter of the seminars included the selection of topics for a staff meeting, demonstration of leadership techniques, an experiment in one-way communication, and sensitivity to the needs of others. The principals and their staffs were observed by trained observed in the fall and again in the spring, following attendance at the six seminars by the principals. The observers used an adaptation of the Crispan System of Interaction Analysis to categorize the indirect-direct behavior of the principals. Paper and pencil tests were used to examine morale, perceptions of the role of the principal, and satisfaction with the group process and decisions in faculty meetings. Findings indicated that principals changed their behavior after the seminars to a more indirect or democratic behavior. There was also significant change in satisfaction with group processes and decisions. (HW)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Bureau of Research.
Authoring Institution: Wayne State Univ., Detroit, MI.
Identifiers: Michigan (Detroit)