Author: Silins, Halia C.
Type of paper: Abstract refereed
The strategy employed to identify two correlated dimensions of school leadership, transformational and transactional, and their correlated components is presented. Previous analyses in this area have used Canadian and American data bases and applied traditional factor analytic approaches that assume orthogonality of variables, often inappropriately. Factor analytic approaches to construction of scales and exploration of important educational constructs should make use of recent methodological advances, particularly since the scales are subsequently employed in forming latent variables in structural equation modelling. Oblimin factor analysis and LISREL is applied to data involving correlated leadership constructs. Distinctions are drawn between exploratory and confirmatory factor analysis, and between confirmatory and hierarchical confirmatory factor analysis. Five models of leadership are compared.