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Date of Award


Document Type

Dissertation - Pacific Access Restricted

Degree Name

Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)



First Advisor

Dennis Brennan

First Committee Member

Marilyn Draheim

Second Committee Member

Deann Christianson

Third Committee Member

David Baral

Fourth Committee Member

Robert Blackburn


The purpose of this study was to determine the extent to which Transformational Leadership Theory was being practiced by elementary school principals participating in the restructuring process. The multifactor Leadership Questionnaire was used to survey principals of restructuring and non-restructuring California elementary schools. An analysis of the findings indicated that there was no statistically significant difference in mean levels of transformational leadership traits between those principals participating in the restructuring grant program and those who were not participating. A significant difference was found when the mean transformational leadership trait scores were compared between males and females participating in the study. Females had higher mean scores. The study found that all principals who participated in the study exhibited qualities of transformational leadership. The study suggests that further work in gender differences and more careful definitions of the restructuring category as it relates to Transformational Leadership Theory would be of value.



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