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Analyzing the Leadership Behavior of School Principals By Clete Bulach, Diane Boothe, Winston Pickett.
The authors describe various methods of measuring a principal's leadership behavior. They have developed a new survey instrument that can be used to analyze the leadership behavior/style of a principal. The instrument consists of 49 positive and negative behaviors that measure how a principal interacts with staff in the following five leadership domains: human relations, trust/decision making, instructional leadership, control, and conflict. A correlation coefficient of +.95, as measured by the Cronbach alpha, was obtained indicating the instrument has excellent reliability. Reliability on each of the five factors ranges from a high of +.86 to a low of +.81. The instrument has adequate construct validity in terms of those behaviors principals practice that teachers like or find offensive (as reported by 375 teachers). The behaviors measured by the survey are listed along with the average response of the teachers who responded to the survey. The authors also describe some results with the first use of the survey in a Louisana study where a +.95 correlation was found between scores on the leadership behavior survey and scores on a culture and climate survey. (Added: 19-Oct-2011 Hits: 784 )
Educational Leadership:Beyond Instructional Leadership:The Learning-Centered Principal By Richard DuFour
Educators are gradually redefining the role of the principal from instructional leader with a focus on teaching to leader of a professional community with a focus on learning. One of the National Association of Elementary School Principals' six standards for what principals should know and be able to do calls on principals to put student and adult learning at the center of their leadership and to serve as the lead learner (Added: 8-Oct-2011 Hits: 840 )
Educational Leadership:Coaching: The New Leadership Skill:The Coach and the Evaluator By Bob Tschannen-Moran and Megan Tschannen-Moran
When school officials play both a coaching role and an evaluative role, a common occurrence, things get complicated, so principals and school leaders need to understand the differences. (Added: 8-Oct-2011 Hits: 1012 )
Educational Leadership:Coaching: The New Leadership Skill:The Professor as Coach By Philip E. Poekert
Having worked as a teacher educator and faculty of ed. prof. the topic of coaching within the context of leadership is close to my heart. Excellent article on professors operating as coaches within education. (Added: 8-Oct-2011 Hits: 1213 )
Educational Leadership:Teachers as Leaders:Ten Roles for Teacher Leaders By Cindy Harrison and Joellen Killion
Teacher leaders assume a wide range of roles to support school and student success. Whether these roles are assigned formally or shared informally, they build the entire school's capacity to improve. Because teachers can lead in a variety of ways, many teachers can serve as leaders among their peers. So what are some of the leadership options available to teachers? The following 10 roles are a sampling of the many ways teachers can contribute to their schools' success. (Added: 8-Oct-2011 Hits: 775 )
Improving Principal Leadership through Feedback and Coaching By Leonard Bickman et al
The purpose of this study is to evaluate the efficacy of a feedback and coaching intervention designed to improve the quality of principal leadership. The first hypothesis about feedback was tested in a longitudinal randomized design and the second concerning the addition of coaching in a pre-post design where principals received feedback only in the first year and feedback and coaching in the second year. The results indicate that teachers' perceptions of instructional leadership and trust of their principal can be enhanced when principals are provided with feedback alone. However, when coaching is added the effects are much more powerful and depend on the principal's perception of the validity of the feedback and the number of coaching sessions attended. (Added: 9-May-2012 Hits: 580 )
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