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ERIC Number: ED545928
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 231
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISBN: 978-1-2675-1004-4
A Study of Learning-Centered Leadership Skills of Principals in Career and Technical Education Schools
Rodman, Mary E.
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, The Pennsylvania State University
Despite years of educational reform, secondary students have demonstrated only modest increases in achievement. Career and technical education students have not demonstrated the same level of performance as non-career and technical education students. Except for teachers, principals have the greatest influence over student achievement. What should effective principals be able to do and how should they do it? Using the Vanderbilt Assessment of Leadership in Education (VAL-ED), this quantitative research study investigated the learning-centered leadership skills of principals in 16 area career and technical education schools. The study addressed four research questions. The study determined the extent to which (a) learning-centered leadership skills were demonstrated by career and technical education principals; (b) perceptions of leadership skills differed among principals, supervisors, and teachers; (c) leadership skills of career and technical education principals differed from the national norm; and (d) an association existed between leadership skills and student achievement on the NOCTI assessment. The results suggested that career and technical education principals demonstrated leadership to a level of proficiency similar to the national norm and that there were no significant differences between the perceptions of leadership skills among the principals, supervisors, and teachers. The study showed no direct association between the leadership skills of the subject principals and student achievement measured by the NOCTI assessment, and reinforced the complex indirect relationship that exists. This study may be of value to those who deliver Pennsylvania Inspired Leaders programs, those who deliver core certification programs that prepare principals for their future roles in career and technical education, and principals who engage in focused professional education experiences for the purpose of increasing student achievement. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
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Language: English
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