Theses and Dissertations

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)


Educational Leadership

First Advisor

Dr. Marie Simonsson

Second Advisor

Dr. Jesus Abrego

Third Advisor

Dr. Ralph Carlson


The purpose of this study was to examine the relationship between principals’ school climate (supportive, directive, engaged, frustrated, and intimate behaviors), leadership style, and frequency of communication with teachers. In doing so, a test of significance was carried out using an F-distribution, an alpha level of .05, and a multiple linear regression analysis as the statistical method. School climate, the dependent variable, was tested to find which independent variables, leadership style and frequency of communication, were related and to what amount these variables contributed to the total variance in school climate.

The results revealed that supportive behavior in school climate was related to transformational leadership style; R=.86, R2=.74, F(4,127)=87.96, pF(4,128) =21.86, p F(4,124) =8.76, pF(4,128) =13.25, pF(4,127) = 184.71, p

Additionally, teachers and parents’ perceptions were measured with regards to how they preferred the principal to communicate with them. These results are presented as percentages of preferred communication modes. Lastly, implications and recommendations for educational leaders and future research are discussed.


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