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Doctor of Philosophy




This study was designed to investigate teacher, building administrator, and central office personnel perceptions of the administrative functions performed by building administrators and their effect on school climate (goal orientation, cohesiveness, and esprit);Two instruments were designed for this study. Thirty-nine building administrators, five hundred and thirty-three teachers, and nine central office personnel provided the data for the study. Respondents were instructed to rank six administrative functions typically performed by building administrators, to indicate the percentage of time they perceived an administrator should allocate to the performance of each of the functions, and to rate the effectiveness of the building administrator in their performance of each of the administrative functions;The study yielded many important findings. Five were of special interest. (1) Teachers indicated that administrator activities that enhanced their satisfaction with teaching were more important than those activities concerned with logistics, pupils, and the community. (2) Elementary teachers saw their building administrators as significantly more effective than secondary building administrators when performing human resource management, school community relations, and student behavior functions. (3) Secondary principals were perceived as more effective in instructional leadership, pupil personnel, and non-instructional, although the differences were not significant. (4) Both elementary and secondary teachers ranked the functions in this order: Human Resource Management (1); Instructional Leadership (2); Student Behavior (3); School Community Relations (4); Pupil Personnel (5); and Non-instructional (6). The first three were closely linked while the last, Non-instructional, lagged far behind. (5) There were significant relationships between administrator effectiveness in performing administrative functions and measures of effectiveness. Human resource management was the most pervasive of the six administrative functions accounting for approximately 50 percent of the variance between each of the school climate variables--goal orientation, esprit, and cohesiveness.



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