Abstract McDonald-Risik - The Leadership Characteristics of Elementary Principalis in Recognized and Exemplary Schools in a Large Suburban School District in North Central Texas: Six Case Studies

The Leadership Characteristics of Elementary Principalis in Recognized and Exemplary Schools in a Large Suburban School District in North Central Texas: Six Case Studies

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TITLE: The Leadership Characteristics of Elementary Principals in Recognized and Exemplary Schools in a Large Suburban School District in North Central Texas: Six Case Studies
 
RESEARCHER: Carol Anne McDonald-Risik
School of Education
Baylor University
Doctoral Dissertation: June 1997

OBJECTIVE
The purpose of this study was to examine the leadership characteristics of elementary school principals in exemplary schools.

METHODOLOGY
The study consisted of six case studies describing the leadership characteristics of Texas elementary school principals. The schools had received recognition as exemplary bases upon the 1996 Texas Assessment of Academic Skills (TAAS). 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 support for a relationship between positive school climate and increased student achievement. Leadership dimensions of challenging, inspiring, enabling, modeling and encouraging were associated with an increase in student achievement.

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