Exemplary school principals' role in teachers' commitment, professional involvement, and innovativeness: case studies of four school principals

Walker, Annette (2016) Exemplary school principals' role in teachers' commitment, professional involvement, and innovativeness: case studies of four school principals. Masters thesis, Memorial University of Newfoundland.

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Abstract

This qualitative case study investigated exemplary principals’ role in teachers’ commitment, professional involvement, and innovation. The study is based on Sheppard's (1996) quantitative research on the transformational role of instructional leadership. Grounded theory was used to understand the leadership practices principals use that are transformational in nature and exemplify the broad definition of instructional leadership. A total of sixteen participants, twelve teachers and four principals, in four rural Jamaican secondary high schools were interviewed using semi-structured interviews. Results indicate that when principals employ the broadly defined instructional leadership approach that is collaborative, distributed, and transformational in nature, there is direct effect on teachers’ professional involvement and indirect influence on students’ performance. The results highlight the importance of principals working collaboratively and sharing responsibilities with their teachers and other constituents to improve school culture and student success.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
URI: http://research.library.mun.ca/id/eprint/12544
Item ID: 12544
Additional Information: Includes bibliographical references (pages 222-246).
Keywords: Exemplary Principals, Teacher Commitment, Professional Involvement, Innovation, Instructional leadership, Transformational leadership, Jamaican Secondary Schools
Department(s): Education, Faculty of
Date: August 2016
Date Type: Submission
Library of Congress Subject Heading: School principals -- Jamaica; Educational leadership -- Jamaica; Students -- Jamaica; Success -- Jamaica

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