Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership
First Committee Member
Pamela Salazar, Chair
Second Committee Member
Third Committee Member
Graduate Faculty Representative
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Mixed methods triangulation research design was used in order to explore the relationship between principal communication and school climate. The Organizational Climate Description Questionnaire for Elementary Schools (OCDQ-RE) and interview protocols on principal communication were administered to principals and teachers at three elementary schools each having between 700-1000 students in an urban school district consisting of approximately 300,000 students. Each school had between 80-100% Free and Reduced Lunch (FRL), was designated Adequate according to No Child Left Behind Act (2001) as published in the 2009-2010 School Accountability Reports, and had a principal that had been assigned to that school for a minimum of two years. Data collection with the Organizational Climate Description Questionnaire for Elementary Schools (OCDQ-RE) was administered to a total of 90 teachers and three principals. Interviews were conducted with the principal and five teachers from each of the three schools. Results indicated relationships exist between principal communication and school climate. Specifically, findings revealed a relationship between the utilization of face-to-face communication channels, positive reinforcement, and school climate.
Climate; Communication; Corporate culture; Education; Organizational behavior; Principal; School management and organization; School principals; Triangulation; Urban schools
Educational Administration and Supervision | Educational Assessment, Evaluation, and Research | Interpersonal and Small Group Communication | Organizational Communication
Oswalt, Reece, "A Mixed methods exploration of principal communication and school climate" (2011). UNLV Theses, Dissertations, Professional Papers, and Capstones. 993.