Title

Elementary School Teachers' Perceptions of Their Principals' Leadership Behaviors In Utilizing Their Local School Advisory Councils

Date of Award

2005

Degree Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Department

Educational Leadership and School Counseling

First Advisor

Wanda Maulding

Advisor Department

Educational Leadership and School Counseling

Abstract

This study investigated the effectiveness and involvement of the school advisory council and the degree of predictability that two variables have on the effectiveness and involvement as perceived by elementary school teachers in K-5 public schools of a school system in a southeastern state. Two hypotheses were addressed using the Leadership and Management of Schools questionnaire and Part III of the School Advisory Council Self-Evaluation Form. Surveys were given to 140 elementary school teachers in the public school system in a southeastern state. One hundred thirty-five teachers completed the survey (96%). In this study, the results of the survey indicated that teachers rate their principals very high in their leadership behaviors but rate the effectiveness and involvement of their school advisory councils very low. The means indicated that teachers believe that their principals hold high performance expectations the most, but they also believe that their principals provide individualized support the least. The results, however, indicated that the teachers rated the effectiveness and involvement very low.