Date of Award
Culminating Project Type
Educational Administration and Leadership, K-12: Ed.D.
Educational Administration and Higher Education
School of Education
Keywords and Subject Headings
Leadership, Instructional Leadership, Middle School, Principal, Effective, Instructional Leadership, Uniqueness, Middle School
The purpose of this mixed methods study was to investigate the perceptions of middle school teachers and principals regarding the instructional leadership behaviors of the middle school principal in two top performing Minnesota middle schools. Similarities and differences in those perceptions were explored. Multiple data collection methods were used. The Principal Instructional Management Rating Scale (PIMRS) was used to measure the perceptions of Minnesota middle school teachers and principals in relation to the principal's instructional leadership behaviors. Interview questions were based on the ten subscales of the PIMRS survey. Interviews were conducted in both schools with the principal, randomly selected teaching staff, and teacher focus groups. Analysis of the data revealed the most frequently perceived principal behaviors included clear goal setting, promoting instructional improvement and staff development, monitoring student progress, communicating the school's goals, supervision and evaluation of instruction, and building positive relationships and trust.
Van Erp, Todd J., "Perceptions of Middle School Principals as Instructional Leaders: A Case Study of Two Schools" (2013). Culminating Projects in Education Administration and Leadership. 102.