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ERIC Number: ED430297
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Apr
Pages: 19
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The Relationship of Organizational Health, Leadership, and Teacher Empowerment.
Valente, Michael E.
This paper looks at factors that affect the educational environment. It reports on a study in which survey responses were collected from 10,170 teachers in 331 Chicago schools. Results reaffirm the commonly held belief that teachers are the primary force in a school's output. However, findings indicate that the teachers' influence on a school's organizational health is statistically less significant than that of the principal. The teachers saw themselves as the main characters within the school and the determinant of the productive output, yet it was the students themselves, the organizational health of the school, and the external community that determined the educational output. The findings suggest that whereas teachers may view the principal as a deliverer of goods and services, they believe his or her task as the leader is to maintain the teachers' commitment to productivity, while drawing the parents and community into the school in a manner that the teachers find significant. Teachers also reported that the relationship between principals and teachers improves with empowerment, such as the empowerment derived from site-based management. It is recommended that when examining the educational environment, the principal's view be explored in conjunction with the teachers' outlook. (RJM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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