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ERIC Number: ED550265
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 193
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISBN: 978-1-2678-0993-3
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The Role of the High School Principal in Improving Student Learning and Achievement
Raines, Paula L.
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, Regent University
The purpose of this exploratory mixed-method correlational and interview study was to gain insights into how the school principal influences student learning and achievement by providing positive instructional leadership. Research has suggested the principal's role is highly significant in determining the quality of teaching and learning taking place in the classroom. This study addressed how school leaders create an environment that is focused on student learning and the role of leadership in improving learning and achievement. While much has been written about the concept of leadership in educational settings, few definitive studies have articulated how and why actions and behaviors of principals improve student performance. This study links learning-centered leadership with desired outcomes in terms of student learning and achievement. Although factors such as student body composition, staff competency, level of schooling, and geographic setting of the school affect the challenges faced by school leaders, these attributes should not be used as an excuse for poor quality results in student learning and achievement. This research focused on assessments of leader behaviors as they relate to high-quality leadership, high-quality school performance, and high-quality student success. While the district under study is not atypical of other school districts, it has established itself as a consistently high-performing division compared to its peers. By linking the dynamics and effects of learning-centered leadership, the author hopes that student achievement may be positively impacted in other educational settings. [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: http://www.proquest.com/en-US/products/dissertations/individuals.shtml.]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
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Language: English
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