ERIC Number: ED264642
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985
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Factors Affecting Principals' Leadership as Facilitators of Curriculum Change: A Multivariate Approach.
Ben-Peretz, Miriam; Avi-Itzhak, Tamar E.
Sixty-nine Israeli school principals completed questionnaires designed to reveal the factors contributing to the leadership styles they used when initiating curricular changes. The principals fell into three leadership categories: "Initiators," who seek change in accordance with long range policies and goals; "Responders," who focus on traditional administrative tasks and immediate needs; and "Managers," who support innovation in response to external pressures. The principals' goals for staff development as an aspect of curriculum improvement varied according to their leadership styles: Responders emphasized cognitive goals, Initiators did not value cognitive goals, and Managers focused on evaluative goals. Background factors affecting leadership styles included the impact of managerial training on Managers, the influence of autodidactic knowledge on Initiators, and interest among Responders in practical implications of curriculum implementation. Organizational factors included the tendency for established, government-operated schools to foster Initiators. Other factors tested were strategy and policy factors. Although the multiple regression analysis used did not prove all of the factors to be predictive, those that were predictive accounted for 20 percent of the variance in the Responders, 31 percent of the variance in the Managers, and 48 percent of the variance in the Initiators. (PGD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Location: Israel