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ERIC Number: EJ916117
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Sep
Pages: 29
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 34
ISSN: ISSN-1052-6846
Perceptions of Principal Leadership Behaviors in Massachusetts in the Era of Education Reform
Provost, John; Boscardin, Mary Lynn; Wells, Craig
Journal of School Leadership, v20 n5 p532-560 Sep 2010
Perspectives of principal leadership behavior contribute to how principals and other school leaders understand the role of the principal in an era of significant educational reforms. A Q methodology was used with 30 principals, assistant principals, and other educational administrators working in a variety of roles and different types of districts to ascertain how the perceptions of the school leaders align with reform mandates. Data analysis identified one component that accounted for 41% of the variance observed in the ways that these administrators sorted 21 statements about principal leadership behavior. The quantitative analysis was completed as the first stage of the data analysis; the qualitative data were analyzed to triangulate and cross-check the results of the Q sort. The level of agreement among the participants demonstrates a shared understanding of the role of the principal and suggests that principal leadership aligns with the models of site-based management and instructional leadership that support educational reform. (Contains 8 tables and 4 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Massachusetts
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001