ERIC Number: ED120966
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976
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The Principal and Student Achievement.
Matthews, Kenneth M.
The Georgia Principal, v12 n2 pp29-38 Win 1976
Before planning leadership strategies for improving student achievement, principals need to identify the factors that affect achievement and determine how they affect it. Model 1 shows that strategies to improve student achievement should consider four key factors: (1) students' inherited capacity to learn, (2) students' learning experiences, (3) students' desire to achieve in school, and (4) students' self-concepts of their academic abilities. Principals' efforts to influence teachers to improve student achievement should be directed at essentially these same variable factors. Studies show that teachers' perceptions of the value principals place on student achievement affects teachers' efforts to improve student achievement. Model 2 shows that the principal will be most effective in motivating teachers to stress student achievement when teachers have positive attitudes toward the principal and believe he values achievement highly. A similar relationship may hold for teachers' effectiveness in motivating students. Model 3 integrates the relationships shown in models 1 and 2 to illustrate how principals may affect student achievement by focusing their resources on key variables. (Author/JG)
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