Abstract Huff Fest - The Role of Principals in Elementary Schools with Increased Student Achievement

The Role of Principals in Elementary Schools with Increased Student Achievement: Five Ethnographic Studies

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TITLE: The Role of Principals in Elementary Schools with Increased Student Achievement: Five Ethnographic Studies
 
RESEARCHER: Donna Jo Huff Fest
School of Education
Baylor University
Doctoral Dissertation: June 1990

OBJECTIVE
The purpose of this study was to examine the leadership of Texas elementary school principals in five schools which showed improvement on the 1998 Texas Education Assessment of Minimum Skills (TEAMS).

METHODOLOGY
The study consisted of five ethnographic studies describing the leadership characteristics of Texas elementary school principals. The schools had received recognition as exemplary bases upon the 1998 Texas Education Assessment of Minimum Skills. Visits were made to each school with both the principal and teachers. Both the Leadership Practices Inventory Self and Observer forms were completed, as well as an open ended school observation questionnaire

KEY FINDINGS
The data suggest that leadership practices emphasized effective school environment, school-community partnerships for instructional purposes, and extensive involvement with the instructional process. There was an indication that the objectives of the TEAMS test became the basis of the curriculum and principals responded by developing programs which emphasized these objectives and rewarded students who were successful on the TEAMS test.

There was statistical support for the correlation of leadership activities measured by the LPI with increased student achievement.

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