Factors Affecting Leadership Longevity Among Chief Administrators of Private Christian Schools

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ProQuest, 2006 - 104 pages
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A review of some of the various leadership styles in practice on the campuses of American private Christian schools and some elite colleges and universities of both the present and the past reveals tremendous variation in the position the principal (or president) occupies. Other research in educational leadership has indicated that there is wide variation between educational institutions in terms of their organizational structures, goals, and governance. Still other research has demonstrated that principals play a vital role in the effectiveness of their schools, and that performance of the role is improved as tenure of the principal or other chief administrator is increased. It is, therefore, the purpose of this study to examine systems of governance at private Christian schools to help establish which systems of governance may result in the longest tenure among the chief administrators of their respective schools. Results of the sample surveys indicated that no significant relationship existed between four types of corporate governance and administrative tenure. Tenure was, however, correlated with the size and durability of sample schools and these results suggest a need for further studies by private Christian schools on the relationship between tenure and measures of school and student performance, as well as future research on governance.
 

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Contents

List of Tables
8
ACSI Statistical Summary
12
LITERATURE SURVEY
24
METHODOLOGY
45
RESULTS
59
Headmaster Interview Data Summary
64
School Type Frequencies
70
Table 6a Nonparametric Correlations
76
Tests of BetweenSubjects Effects
85
CONCLUSIONS AND FUTURE DIRECTIONS
86
REFERENCES
93
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