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Powell, Ronald James

Works: 2 works in 4 publications in 1 language and 6 library holdings
Roles: Author
Classifications: LC4705.5.C2,
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Most widely held works by Ronald James Powell
Social-cognitive leadership theory : a latent variable causal model of the effects of implicit beliefs on principal leadership behavior by Ronald James Powell( )

2 editions published in 1992 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Many theories of leadership abound to attempt to explain the observed differences in executive actions. This study represents an initial attempt to test the hypothesis that cognitive schemata affect the selection of management behaviors. Social-Cognitive Leadership Theory assumes that leadership behavior is the result of purposeful action based upon implicit beliefs regarding the static/dynamic nature of social and nonsocial elements within the organization. The effects of implicit beliefs on Leadership, Management, Supervision and Administration Work Orientation behaviors are examined for a sample of 800 California school principals. An original instrument, The California Principal Leadership Survey, was used to collect data on principal Work Orientation behaviors, Social-Cognitive beliefs, perceptions of School Climate as well as demographic information. The model proposes that static/dynamic beliefs about individual and organizational aspects of education interact independently to guide the selection of specific Work Orientation behaviors. The results of the study failed to confirm the hypothesized independent interaction of individual and organizational beliefs. However, Social-Cognitive beliefs explained significant variance in principal Work Orientation behaviors independent of the effects of School Climate perceptions and demographic characteristics. A latent variable covariance structure analysis supported a hierarchical cognitive model with general beliefs regarding the goals and function of education underlying specific beliefs about principal relations with staff. The hierarchical cognitive model explained significant variance in principal Work Orientation Behaviors. The covariance structure model also indicated significant impact of perceptions of School Climate on principal Work Orientation behaviors. The interaction of implicit static/dynamic beliefs and school climate perceptions on principal selection of effective behaviors is discussed
Impact of California's special education pre-referral interventions and alternative assessments on ethno-linguistically diverse students : a technical report of the feasibility study, phase I, contract one by Ronald J Powell( Book )

2 editions published in 1991 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

This report documents efforts to develop instruments for data-gathering and to train field staff in the use of the instruments, as part of a feasibility study designed to validate a conceptual framework that describes the elements of California's special education prereferral and alternative assessment procedures for ethno-linguistically diverse students at the elementary level. The conceptual framework identifies the prereferral intervention process as a multi-channel student flow system through which a student at risk who is experiencing problems with learning academic skills is reviewed and placed in one of the following six categories of program and/or placement modifications: (1) return the student to the originating mainstream teacher; (2) reassign the student to another classroom; (3) adjust environmental factors; (4) provide remedial instruction services; (5) provide ongoing support services; and (6) refer student directly for special education assessment and placement. It is hypothesized that the frequency with which students at risk are channeled into each of the six outcome categories is predicted by eight factors representing various demographic and individual student characteristics such as problem etiology and diagnosis, family and demographic characteristics, school climate and culture, and service availability. Ten original instruments were developed to gather data to test these hypotheses, and other existing instruments were incorporated into the instrumentation package. Copies of the forms are provided. (17 references) (jdd)
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