ERIC Number: ED464726
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Apr-4
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The Culture of the Elementary School as a Function of Leadership Style and Disciplinary Climate and Culture.
Benda, Susan Mowrer; Wright, Robert J.
This study examined the effects of elementary school leadership upon the disciplinary climate and culture of the school. Participating in the study were 680 faculty and 30 principals from 30 rural, suburban, and urban/inner-city elementary schools, selected at random from northeastern Pennsylvania. The sample included regular education teaching faculty, teachers of special subject areas, and the school administrators. Principals completed the Leader Behavior Analysis II, and faculty completed the Organizational Climate Description Questionnaire. Primary findings from the multiple regression analysis supported a direct relationship between a school's disciplinary climate and culture and the flexibility of its leadership. Flexibility was more critical than the leadership style variable of effectiveness, which yielded a moderate, but significant, coefficient. Significant partial correlations were found between the predictors disengagement, production emphasis, thrust, and consideration and style flexibility. There were modest, but significant, Beta weights for leadership style effectiveness and the climate variables of hindrance, aloofness, production emphasis, and consideration. (KB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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