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ERIC Number: EJ1218872
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-2155-9635
Does Organizational Size Impact the Leadership Practices of School Leaders?
Burkman, Amy; Garrett, Jessica; Posner, Barry Z.
International Journal of Educational Leadership Preparation, v14 n1 p13-21 Spr 2019
With the changing face of educational leadership, and the changes in programing for preparation programs, the question of the importance of developing specific leadership practices based on the size of districts served by the program arises. By looking at the relationship between leadership practices and the demographics of current leaders in school districts, programs can decide if a specific focus is required, or if there is a common need across various sized school districts. Two studies were conducted. One examined the leadership practices of 82 superintendents in Texas to determine if the size of their school district revealed any differentiation in how these superintendents behaved as leaders. The second study, utilizing a national sample, involved 646 school leaders, 1,581 of their direct reports, and 592 of their managers. Results from both studies tended to indicate that the leadership practices of school leaders do not vary systematically on the basis of any implicit contextual factors which might be associated with the size of the district or school system, although some differences by school size are noted by direct reports. The results have significance for designing programs that prepare secondary education leaders for leadership challenges. They also suggest that while leadership practices may be affected by scale and scope, the requirements for successful school leadership are fairly ubiquitous. Implications for transferring from systems of various sizes, larger or smaller, and for effectively recruiting school leaders are also considered.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Texas
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