Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The Impact of Elementary Principals' Leadership Styles on School Climates and Student Achievement in an Urban Setting: A Mixed-Methods Study
by Wuch, Julie, Ed.D., Missouri Baptist University, 2013, 207; 3602452
Abstract (Summary)

The purpose of this mixed methods study was to investigate the effect climate has on student achievement: explore the effect school leadership has on student achievement; determine if principals' leadership strategies influence the school climate; and investigate in what ways principals' perceptions of their leadership strategies affect school climate. This study identified servant leadership practices of school principals and their relationship to school climate by surveying elementary school principals and teachers of an urban school district in the mid-west using Laub's (1998) Organizational Leadership Assessment, interviewing the principals and conducting field observations at the identified schools. Additionally, the annual district climate survey data and the Terra Nova student achievement data were analyzed to determine if there was a relationship between each elementary school's climate and student achievement. Educational leaders can benefit from the current study, as it can guide and inform specific areas in creating positive school climates. The role of the elementary school principal has evolved over time. A review of literature provided research evidence that showed the principal is the single most significant influence on the school climate and, after the classroom teacher, had the most influence on students. The researcher used quantitative and qualitative data to show there was a significant relationship between school climate and student achievement and school leadership and student achievement. The researcher used the Pearson correlation analysis to also show a positive correlation between school leadership and school climate. Finally, the researcher used qualitative data to determine that principals' perceptions of their leadership strategies do affect school climate.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Stanfield, Pamela
Commitee: Delicath, Timothy, Shannon, Charles
School: Missouri Baptist University
Department: Education Division
School Location: United States -- Missouri
Source: DAI-A 75/03(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Educational leadership, School administration
Keywords: Administration, Leadership, Principals, School climate, Servant leadership, Student achievement
Publication Number: 3602452
ISBN: 978-1-303-54534-4
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