ERIC Number: ED214289
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
Reference Count: N/A
Administrative Style and Organizational Climate in Junior High and Middle Schools.
Edge, David L.; Valentine, Jerry W.
This study compares the administrative styles of principals of junior high schools with those of middle school principals. It also examines the school climates of these schools and analyzes the relationships between climate and administrative style. The population for the study consisted of 77 teachers from 19 middle schools and 69 teachers from 19 junior high schools, all in the Midwest. The Purdue Rating Scale for Administrators and Executives and the Organizational Climate Description Questionnaire were employed to measure, respectively, administrative style and school climate openness. Multivariate analysis of variance was used to analyze teachers' perceptions. Multiple linear regression analysis was employed in the second phase of the study to analyze the linear relationship between the dependent variable, school climate openness, and the predictor variables. Findings revealed no statistically significant differences between climate, style of administrator, and school organization. A linear relationship was found between the predictor variable "democratic orientation" and the dependent variable "openness." The data clearly indicated that principals exhibiting more emphasis on democratic orientation were administering schools with more open climates. (Author/MLF)
Descriptors: Administrative Organization, Administrator Evaluation, Administrator Role, Comparative Analysis, Educational Practices, Intermediate Grades, Junior High Schools, Leadership Styles, Middle Schools, Multiple Regression Analysis, Multivariate Analysis, Open Education, Organizational Climate, Principals, Role Perception, Teacher Administrator Relationship, Teacher Attitudes
Not available separately; see EA 014 535.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Middle School Association, Fairborn, OH.
Note: Paper included in "Middle School Research. Selected Studies 1977-1979. Volume III" (EA 014 535). For related documents, see EA 014 535-543.