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2011 Awards for Excellence
Article Type: 2011 Awards for Excellence From: Journal of Educational Administration, Volume 50, Issue 1
The following article was selected for this year's A. Ross Thomas Award as an Outstanding Paper for Journal of Educational Administration
"The influence of school leadership styles and culture on students' achievement in Cyprus primary schools''
Andreas KythreotisCyprus International Institute of Management, Nicosia, CyprusPetros PashiardisOpen University of Cyprus, Nicosia, CyprusLeonidas KyriakidesUniversity of Cyprus, Nicosia, Cyprus
Purpose - This study aims to examine the validation of both the model of direct effects and the model of indirect effects of principals' leadership on student academic achievement.Design/methodology/approach - A longitudinal study was conducted in which 22 schools, 55 classes and 1,224 Cypriot primary students participated. Specifically, achievements in Greek Language and Mathematics were assessed at the beginning and at the end of the same school year. Moreover, leadership style of school principals and teachers as well as school and classroom culture was measured.Findings - The findings provide some empirical support for the model of direct effects of principals' leadership on student academic achievement. Moreover, student achievement gains were found to be related with five factors at the school level: the principals' human resource leadership style and four dimensions of organizational culture. At the classroom level, three dimensions of learning culture significantly influence student achievement in each subject. Finally, relationships between effectiveness factors operating at different levels were identified.Originality/value - The article presents an original empirical study which examined the relationship among school leadership, school culture and student achievement in order to validate both the model of direct effects and the model of indirect effects of school principals on student achievement.
Keywords Schools, Leadership, Organizational culture, Learning methods, Principals, Cyprus
This article originally appeared in Volume 48 Number 2, 2010, pp. 218-„40, Journal of Educational Administration
The following articles were selected for this year's Highly Commended Award
"Relationships in reform: the role of teachers' social networks''
Alan J. DalyNienke M. MoolenaarJose M. BolivarPeggy Burke
This article originally appeared in Volume 48 Number 3, 2010, Journal of Educational Administration
"Leadership style and organizational learning: the mediate effect of school vision''
Hanna KurlandHilla PeretzRachel Hertz-Lazarowitz
This article originally appeared in Volume 48 Number 1, 2010, Journal of Educational Administration