Measurement and modeling: sequential use of analytical techniques in a study of risk-taking in decision-making by school principals

Trimmer, Karen (2016) Measurement and modeling: sequential use of analytical techniques in a study of risk-taking in decision-making by school principals. Teacher Development, 20 (3). pp. 398-416. ISSN 1366-4530

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Abstract

This paper investigates reasoned risk-taking in decision-making by school principals using a methodology that combines sequential use of psychometric and traditional measurement techniques. Risk-taking is defined as when decisions are made that are not compliant with the regulatory framework, the primary governance mechanism for public schools in Western Australia. This creates a dilemma for principals who need to be able to respond to the locally identified needs within a school, and simultaneously comply with all State and Commonwealth departmental requirements. A theoretical model was developed and data collected through the survey of a stratified random sample of principals in 253 Western Australian government schools. Rasch measurement was used to create a measurement scale. The hypotheses were tested used Partial Least Squares (PLS) structural equation modeling. This analysis provides evidence of the effect of governance structures, characteristics of schools and principals that influence decision-making in schools.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Accepted version deposited in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Linguistics, Adult and Specialist Education
Date Deposited: 11 Jul 2016 01:46
Last Modified: 03 Oct 2017 04:16
Uncontrolled Keywords: measurement; structural equation modeling; decision-making; risk-taking; governance
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130304 Educational Administration, Management and Leadership
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9305 Education and Training Systems > 930501 Education and Training Systems Policies and Development
C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9304 School/Institution > 930401 Management and Leadership of Schools/Institutions
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1080/13664530.2016.1155477
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/28834

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