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ERIC Number: ED207129
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Feb
Reference Count: 0
The Relationship of Decision Involvement and Principals' Leadership to Teacher Job Satisfaction in Selected Secondary Schools.
Lipham, James; And Others
Four secondary schools engaged in a program of individualized schooling were selected for this longitudinal study based on theories of decision-making, leadership, and job satisfaction. Researchers examined the relationship between staff job satisfaction on the one hand and the amount of decision-making and the staff's perceptions of principal leadership behavior on the other. Survey instruments, administered to the schools' entire professional staffs, looked at the extent of staff participation in decision-making, staff perceptions of the principal's leadership qualities (in terms of supportiveness, interaction facilitation, goal emphasis, and work facilitation), and nine facets of job satisfaction. The major findings of the study were that both staff involvement in decision-making and staff perceptions of principal leadership were significantly and positively related to job satisfaction. In addition, school staffs did not feel satisfied with their amount of decision-making. They rated principals highest in support behavior and lowest in work facilitation. Future studies might measure decision-making participation more directly or emphasize different aspects of leadership behavior or job satisfaction. An appendix includes questionnaires, forms, and survey results. (Author/JM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Wisconsin Univ., Madison. Research and Development Center for Individualized Schooling.
Note: Report from the Project on Studies of Administration and Organization for Instruction. Not available in paper copy due to much small print in original document.