Abstract/Details

Principals' and teachers' perspectives on effective leadership activities in high-poverty middle schools in Texas


2010 2010

Other formats: Order a copy

Abstract (summary)

The purpose of this study was to examine teachers' and principals' perceptions of leadership activities occurring on their campus. Survey methodology was used to gather data from 469 teachers and principals from high-poverty middle schools in Texas. The results of this study found that principals and teachers do not agree on leadership activities occurring on their campus. Teachers' perceptions concerning their lack of opportunity to participate in leadership roles may signify that principals were not effectively promoting professional learning communities. Participants suggested that principals gain skills in the area of collaboration and communication to enhance teacher leadership. Involvement of the principal within classrooms could promote teachers' active participation in leadership activities and facilitate the development of professional learning communities. In turn, a climate of instructional team leadership may be inspired.

In addition, teachers and principals found limited community/parent interactions occurred in these high-poverty campuses. Promoting the involvement of parents and community members may help bridge the academic gap between low and high SES students.

Indexing (details)


Subject
Middle School education;
School administration;
Education philosophy;
Educational leadership;
Rural schools;
Teacher attitudes
Classification
0450: Middle School education
0514: School administration
0998: Education philosophy
Identifier / keyword
Education; High-poverty; Leadership; Learning communities; Principal; Teacher leadership; Texas; Transformational leadership
Title
Principals' and teachers' perspectives on effective leadership activities in high-poverty middle schools in Texas
Author
Nelson, Cheryl A.
Number of pages
149
Publication year
2010
Degree date
2010
School code
0424
Source
DAI-A 73/01, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9781124973913
Advisor
Irons, J.
University/institution
Lamar University - Beaumont
University location
United States -- Texas
Degree
Ed.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
3480806
ProQuest document ID
899807080
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/899807080
Access the complete full text

You can get the full text of this document if it is part of your institution's ProQuest subscription.

Try one of the following:

  • Connect to ProQuest through your library network and search for the document from there.
  • Request the document from your library.
  • Go to the ProQuest login page and enter a ProQuest or My Research username / password.