Date

3-1-2008

Department

School of Education

Degree

Doctor of Education (EdD)

Chair

Clarence C. Holland

Primary Subject Area

Education, Administration; Education, General; Education, Secondary

Keywords

Middle school, Purdue Teacher Opinionaire, Enable Others to Act

Disciplines

Elementary and Middle and Secondary Education Administration

Abstract

This Study examined the relationship of the leadership practices of middle school principals and the morale of the teachers in these schools. Seven middle schools in a Metropolitan Atlanta school system participated in the study. The Leadership Practices Inventory was used to collect information on the principal practices and the Purdue Teacher Opinionaire was used to collect information on teacher morale. Results indicated that principal leadership and teacher morale were significantly correlated and that the leadership practice of Enable Others to Act had the strongest positive correlation to teacher morale. These results imply that a principal’s daily behavior plays a vital role in the environment of the school. Implications for practice and recommendations for further research are also included.