Term of Award

Summer 2010

Degree Name

Doctor of Education in Education Administration (Ed.D.)

Document Type and Release Option

Dissertation (open access)

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Department of Leadership, Technology, and Human Development

Committee Chair

Brenda Marina

Committee Member 1

Lucinda Chance

Committee Member 2

Hsiu-Lien Lu

Committee Member 3



The primary focus of this study is to explore the perceptions of assistant principals as to how their principals' leadership styles impact school climate. A school's climate plays a vital role in student achievement and principals are the most important factor in setting a setting a school's climate. Therefore, principals' leadership behaviors warrant investigating. This qualitative study identified principal leadership styles through the perceptions of their assistant principals. Interactive interviews were conducted with selected assistant principals in the XYZ School System. Their responses were analyzed, themed and coded to draw a connection between principal leadership style and school climate. These findings can be used in leadership training to familiarize current and aspiring principals with leadership attributes that could positively impact school climate as well as student achievement. Chapter One provided an introduction and summary of the study. Chapter Two provided a background of the relevant literature that is associated with various aspects of leadership and school climate. Chapter Three provided information on methodology procedures used to answer the research questions. Chapter Four provided a report of the data and analysis which includes detailed demographic information. Chapter Five provided a discussion of the findings and implications of the study.

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