ERIC Number: ED395392
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Relationships between Principals' Interpersonal Behavior with Teachers and the School Environment.
Cresswell, John; Fisher, Darrell
This paper presents findings of a study that investigated associations between the learning environments of schools and the principal's interpersonal behavior as perceived by teachers. It also describes the development and validation of an instrument to measure principals' interpersonal behaviors with their teaching staffs. The questionnaire was completed by 50 principals and 850 teachers at 56 secondary schools from all states and territories, representing both government and non-government schools in Australia. Findings indicate that a positive relationship existed between the principal's leadership behavior and the teachers' perceptions of the school as being innovative and empowering them in their working environments. In the assessment of their environment, teachers were least affected by their principal's understanding and helpful behavior. They were most affected by the principal's leadership behavior and whether they were granted independence to carry out their tasks. Principals with critical, admonishing, or uncertain interactive styles negatively affected teachers. Six figures and 9 tables are included. (Contains 26 references.) (LMI)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New York, NY, April 8-12, 1996).