Title page for ETD etd-08032001-124306

Type of Document Dissertation
Author Brown, Launcelot Irving
Author's Email Address labrown4@vt.edu
URN etd-08032001-124306
Title A Meta-analysis of Research on the Influence of Leadership on Student Outcomes
Degree PhD
Department Educational Leadership and Policy Studies
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Fortune, Jimmie C. Committee Chair
Alexander, David Committee Member
Doolittle, Peter E. Committee Member
Gillespie, Diane Newkirk Committee Member
Hutchins, David E. Committee Member
Singh, Kusum Committee Member
  • schoo leadership school effectiveness effective sc
Date of Defense 2001-07-30
Availability unrestricted
A Meta-analysis of Research

on the Influence of Leadership on Student Outcomes


Launcelot I. Brown

Jimmie C. Fortune, Chair

Educational Research and Evaluation


Despite the fact that it is accepted that the role of the principal is central to the effectiveness of the school, the extent of that relationship remains a subject of continuing debate.

Utilizing the statistical analytical approach of the meta-analysis, the study synthesized the quantitative data on the subject to determine the degree to which the level of school effectiveness reflects the influence of the school leadership. The review of the quantitative literature identified 38 studies that met the criteria for inclusion in the meta-analysis, providing 339 effect sizes that formed the sample for the study.

The following research questions guided this study:

1. What empirical evidence is there to confirm or support the notion that there exists a relationship between leadership and school effectiveness

2. As identified in the quantitative analysis of the available research, what is the strength of the relationship between leadership and school effectiveness?

3. Based on empirical evidence, what aspects, dimensions or clusters of leadership behaviors relate to school effectiveness?

4. Related to the above, how do these dimensions compare in their relationship to school effectiveness?

The results indicated that there is a significant and positive relationship between school leadership and the level of school effectiveness, and that while all the leadership approaches yielded significant results, the instructional leadership behaviors of the principal registered the strongest relationship.

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