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ERIC Number: EJ1167532
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Pages: 25
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0305-764X
Examining School Leadership Effects on Student Achievement: The Role of Contextual Challenges and Constraints
Tan, Cheng Yong
Cambridge Journal of Education, v48 n1 p21-45 2018
The present study examined indirect effects of principal leadership on the mathematics achievement of 254,475 15-year-old students from 10,313 schools in 32 OECD economies. Results showed that the students could be divided into three categories ("Disadvantaged," "Average," and "Privileged") differing in levels of student SES and prior achievement, parental academic expectations, and access to school resources. Results also showed that principal leadership effects accounted for a greater proportion of between-school achievement variance for "Disadvantaged" vis-à-vis "Privileged" or "Average" students. In particular, instructional leadership had the largest positive effect on "Disadvantaged" vis-à-vis other students' achievement via the mediating variables of teacher autonomy and morale. Distributed leadership negatively affected the achievement of "Disadvantaged" but not other students. The negative effects of principal goal-setting were the largest while those of principal problem-solving were the smallest for "Disadvantaged" students. The study contributes to the literature by examining contextual influences on the leadership-achievement relationship.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Program for International Student Assessment
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