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ERIC Number: ED541342
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012-May
Pages: 213
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 244
To What Extent Do Typologies of School Leaders across the U.S. Predict Teacher Attrition? A Multilevel Latent Class Analysis of Principals and Teachers
Urick, Angela M.
Online Submission, Ed.D. Dissertation, University of Texas at San Antonio
Schools with high teacher turnover struggle to build capacity and increase student achievement. Leadership styles, such as shared instructional leadership found to have the largest effect on student achievement, may also help retain teachers. A long history of research has examined idealized, or effective, leadership styles and their relationship with attitudinal teacher retention variables, teacher satisfaction, commitment, intent to leave. Little is known about the ways in which leaders actually differ across the U.S. and their association with the actual event of teachers staying, moving schools, or leaving the profession. Using a nationally representative sample of teachers in U.S. schools from the 1999-2000 Schools and Staffing Survey (SASS), three sequential latent class analysis models are tested to better understand a) the types of teachers and principals in school leadership while controlling for context, b) the congruency among the perceptions of these types of teachers and principals, and c) the extent that these types help predict teacher attrition. The results of this study show that there are three different types of principals, "Integrating," "Controlling" and "Balkanizing," and four different types of teachers, "Integrated," "Transitioned," "Balkanized" and "Limited," based on their perceptions of the principal and teacher leadership within their school. These principal and teacher types are predictors of teacher attrition. "Integrated" teachers were less likely to leave schools with "Integrating" principals. Ten appendices are included. (Contains 2 equations, 28 tables, and 17 figures.)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United States
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Schools and Staffing Survey (NCES)