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The Relationship of Transformational Leadership and Reading Achievement in Broward County, Florida Charter Schools

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2006
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Charter schools have dramatically increased in number in Florida and throughout the country. In Florida, charter schools must meet the achievement standards developed through the A Plus Plan. The purpose of this study was to examine the relationship of transformational leadership and reading achievement in Broward County, Florida charter schools. Transformational leadership was defined using the model developed by Kenneth Leithwood (Leithwood, Jantzi, & Steinbach, 1999). Transformational leaders are those that demonstrate, charisma/inspiration/vision, intellectual stimulation, individual consideration, contingent reward, high performance expectations, goal consensus, modeling, culture building, and structuring. Charter schools in Broward County, Florida were surveyed using the "Nature of School Leadership Survey" (Leithwood & Jantzi, 1995). The results of the survey in each transformational leadership dimension were correlated with reading achievement measured in learning gains. No significant relationships were found. Further, the relationships were analyzed to determine if contextual variables SES, size and configuration moderated the relationship. None of the contextual variables moderated the relationships. Finally, the population of charter schools was divided into thirds based on level of reading achievement gains to determine if the top and bottom third of schools used transformational leadership differently. No significant difference was found.
Title: The Relationship of Transformational Leadership and Reading Achievement in Broward County, Florida Charter Schools.
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Name(s): Freeland, Jennifer, author
Florida Atlantic University, Degree grantor
Pisapia, John, Thesis advisor
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Electronic Thesis Or Dissertation
Date Created: 2006
Date Issued: 2006
Publisher: Florida Atlantic University
Place of Publication: Boca Raton, FL
Physical Form: application/pdf
Extent: 154 p.
Language(s): English
Summary: Charter schools have dramatically increased in number in Florida and throughout the country. In Florida, charter schools must meet the achievement standards developed through the A Plus Plan. The purpose of this study was to examine the relationship of transformational leadership and reading achievement in Broward County, Florida charter schools. Transformational leadership was defined using the model developed by Kenneth Leithwood (Leithwood, Jantzi, & Steinbach, 1999). Transformational leaders are those that demonstrate, charisma/inspiration/vision, intellectual stimulation, individual consideration, contingent reward, high performance expectations, goal consensus, modeling, culture building, and structuring. Charter schools in Broward County, Florida were surveyed using the "Nature of School Leadership Survey" (Leithwood & Jantzi, 1995). The results of the survey in each transformational leadership dimension were correlated with reading achievement measured in learning gains. No significant relationships were found. Further, the relationships were analyzed to determine if contextual variables SES, size and configuration moderated the relationship. None of the contextual variables moderated the relationships. Finally, the population of charter schools was divided into thirds based on level of reading achievement gains to determine if the top and bottom third of schools used transformational leadership differently. No significant difference was found.
Identifier: FA00000665 (IID)
Degree granted: Dissertation (Ph.D.)--Florida Atlantic University, 2006.
Collection: FAU Electronic Theses and Dissertations Collection
Note(s): Includes bibliography.
College of Education
Subject(s): Educational leadership--Florida--Broward County
School management and organization--Florida--Broward County
School improvement programs--Florida--Broward County
Academic achievement--Florida--Broward County
Charter schools--Florida--Broward County
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