ERIC Number: ED430282
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999-Apr
Supervisory Behaviors That Affect School Climate.
Bulach, Clete; Boothe, Diane; Michael, Price
This paper reports on a study that investigated the frequency with which principals practice behaviors believed to positively or negatively affect the supervisory climate that exists in a school. The secondary purpose of the research was to look at demographic factors, such as gender and grade level, that might influence a principal's supervisory behavior. Participants in the study included 208 teachers who were graduate students in a college of education. The instrument used in the study consisted of 52 items that asked teachers to describe the frequency with which they perceived their principal to be practicing behaviors that could negatively or positively affect a teachers' supervisory climate. Findings show that the educational climate was more positive than expected but much room for improvement remained. The lowest scores were in the conflict domain, which reflected teachers' views that their principals tended to avoid conflict, especially when a principal was reticent to question superiors. The behaviors in the trust domain were the most positive. Gender did not play a role in the supervisory climate, and it seemed that behaviors that promote a good supervisory climate affect both genders the same. However, female principals were rated better than male principals in instructional leadership. (Contains 12 references, 7 tables and the questionnaire.) (RJM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Montreal, Quebec, Canada, April 19-23, 1999).