Date of Award
University or Center
Atlanta University (AU)
School of Education
The purpose of this study was to analyze principals and students of educational administration regarding the role of the principal as an instructional leader utilizing a 53 task item questionnaire.
The sample was composed of one hundred fifty nine Metro Atlanta principals and ninty eight students of educational administration. A total of one hundred two (102) principals and sixty-seven (67) participated in this study during the 1986-87 school year.
It was felt that this population provided a viable sample through which to analyze principals' and students' of educational administration perceptions of the principal as an instructional leader.
The fifty-three (53) task items on the questionnaire were grouped under eight general headings, i.e.:
1. Program leadership
2. Goals and standards of performance
3. Characteristics of school leaders
4. Technical tasks of administration
5. School climate and expectations
6. Acquisition and allocation of funds and resources
7. Staff and personnel development
8. School-community relation
The items were obtained from researchers, commentators, and policy-makers who study principals in effective schools. The findings indicated that:
1. There was no significant difference between principals on perceived role importance and actual role implementation
2. There was no significant difference between students on perceived role importance and actual role implementation
3. There was no significant difference between principals and students on perceived role implementation
4. There was no significant difference between principals and students on actual role implementation
Thompkins, John H. Jr, "An analysis of the perceptions of elementary school principals and students of educational administration toward the principal's role as instructional leader in selected Atlanta schools" (1987). ETD Collection for AUC Robert W. Woodruff Library. 1105.