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ERIC Number: ED374506
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Apr
Pages: 31
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The Influence of the Principal's Leadership Style on School Climate and Student Achievement. Draft.
Bulach, Clete; And Others
This paper presents findings of a study that examined the influence of the principal's leadership style on school climate and student achievement. Three survey instruments--the Leadership Behavioral Matrix, the Tennessee School Climate Inventory, and the Group Openness and Trust Scale--were administered to 20 principals and 506 teachers in 20 Kentucky elementary schools. The achievement scores (the California Test of Basic Skills) of 2,834 third- and fifth-graders in the 20 schools were also analyzed. Using analysis of variance procedures, comparisons between school climate and leadership style revealed a statistically significant difference between leadership style and the involvement subscale of the school climate instruments. There were no significant differences for any of the other eight subscales of school climate for leadership style, nor were there any significant differences between school achievement and leadership style. Twelve of the principals, however, used a "promoter" leadership style, which involved meeting people's needs and involving parents and community in decision making. A conclusion is that schools with higher levels of parent/community involvement and principals with "promoter" styles may enhance their students' achievement. Seven tables and appendices containing three data matrices are included. Contains 38 references. (LMI)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Kentucky