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ERIC Number: ED558987
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 124
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-1-3032-7730-6
The Effect of School Principals' Leadership Styles on Elementary School Students' Reading Achievement Scores
Jones, James M.
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, Capella University
Principal leadership studies have indicated that leadership can play an important role in augmenting students' achievement scores. One significant influence that can affect achievement scores is the leadership style of the principal. This study focuses on fourth-grade achievement scores within urban elementary schools and explores the relationship between the principals' leadership styles and fourth-grade achievement scores. This study also examines the relationship between teachers' and principals' perceptions of leadership and school climate in order to determine whether significant differences exist between the self-reported perceptions of principals' leadership styles and school climate factors in selected schools. Quantitative information was gathered from 120 elementary teachers and 8 principals in 8 urban elementary schools. Teachers' and principals' perceptions of principal leadership style were measured using the Leader Behavior Description Questionnaire (LBDQ). Their perceptions of school climate were measured using the Organizational Climate Description Questionnaire- Revised Elementary (OCDQ-RE). Correlation analyses failed to show any statistically significant relationships between perceptions of principals' leadership styles (as measured by the 12 subscales of the LBDQ) and fourth-grade reading achievement scores. Correlation analyses for RQ2 showed statistically significant relationships between teachers' perceptions of two school climate factors (directive principal behavior and intimate teacher behavior) and students' fourth-grade reading achievement scores. These results suggest that (a) principals with an exceedingly accomplished and driven team of educators might be better off holding high expectations and (b) intimate teacher behavior results in a resilient and interconnected network of communal associations among faculty members that is associated with improved reading scores. [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 Education; Grade 4; Intermediate Grades
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Leader Behavior Description Questionnaire; Organizational Climate Description Questionnaire