The relationship between principal leadership and teacher attitudes evidence from the Schools and Staffing Survey
Thesis (M.P.P.)--Georgetown University, 2011.; Includes bibliographical references.; Text (Electronic thesis) in PDF format. Principals constitute the core of school leadership teams and are increasingly thought to play an important role in determining a school's effectiveness. However, empirical evidence on the importance of principal leadership is more limited, partly because the concept of leadership and its components in the educational context have evolved over time. Leadership models that differentiate between instructional (the activities directly connected to classroom instruction) and organizational (the activities that impact the broader school culture and environment) components have more recently gained popularity in practice. This study uses data from the 1999-2000 Schools and Staffing Survey (SASS), a national survey of K-12 principals, teachers, and schools, to investigate the relationship between principal instructional and organizational leadership and teacher attitudes, which is an indicator of teacher and school effectiveness. I find modest evidence that relative to instructional leadership, organizational leadership is more strongly positively related to teacher attitudes.
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