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Trust in schools: a conceptual and empirical analysis

Megan Tschannen‐Moran (The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, USA)
Wayne Hoy (The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, USA)

Journal of Educational Administration

ISSN: 0957-8234

Article publication date: 1 October 1998

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Abstract

The conceptual foundations of trust as a multi‐dimensional construct are reviewed, and relevant related issues are discussed with a focus on trust in schools. An empirical analysis of faculty trust in colleagues and trust in the principal demonstrates that faculty trust is an important aspect of the openness and health of school climate. It is related to the authenticity of both the principal’s and the teachers’ behavior; however, elements of climate and behavior that predict trust in the principal are different from those that predict trust in colleagues. Finally, a research agenda for the study of trust in schools is sketched.

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Tschannen‐Moran, M. and Hoy, W. (1998), "Trust in schools: a conceptual and empirical analysis", Journal of Educational Administration, Vol. 36 No. 4, pp. 334-352. https://doi.org/10.1108/09578239810211518

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