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ERIC Number: ED557031
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 146
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-1-3211-1714-1
Leadership Practices and the Relationship between Teacher Attendance and Teacher Perceptions of Leadership Behaviors in a Large Urban School District
Batiste, Monica Lynn
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, Mercer University
Of all the work that occurs within the P-12 education institutions, the interaction involving the teacher and pupil is the most significant contributing factor of student success (United States Department of Education, 2013). Yet, the problem of teacher absenteeism persists in schools throughout the United States. The accumulated results of teacher absences results in students spending approximately one year with a substitute teacher during their kindergarten through twelfth grade educational career (Miller et al., 2008). Schools districts struggle with the academic and financial problems created by teacher attendance concerns. School districts spend an average of $4 billion annually to cover teacher absences (Brouillette, 2012). This quantitative ex post facto study identified the relationship between teacher perception of leadership behaviors and teacher absenteeism and teacher attendance and student achievement using percentages of students receiving free and reduced lunches as a control variable in the study. Correlation coefficients were used to determine if there was a relationship between school socioeconomic status and teacher attendance; teacher perceptions of leader ratings and teacher attendance; and teacher attendance and student achievement. The correlation coefficients did not reveal a significant relationship between the three previously mentioned variables. Additional analyses of the study variables yielded a significant relationship between the percentage of free and reduced lunches and student achievement; teachers' ratings of the principal and student achievement; and percentage of free and reduced lunches and teachers' ratings of the principal. However when the researcher added the percentage of free and reduced lunches as a control variable, teacher attendance rates were not correlated with teachers' rating of the principal or student achievement. Conclusions and implications may assist school districts and school leaders to review leadership behaviors that may influence teacher absences. This study adds to the understanding of school districts and principals who are concerned with teacher absentee rates. [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
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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