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Links between people and their environment : a study of school principals in the architectural settings of their schools

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Clark, P. Kaye (1997) Links between people and their environment : a study of school principals in the architectural settings of their schools. Coursework Master thesis, University of Tasmania.

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Abstract

This study was generated from the research question: "Could one's work related
role-personality indicate one's building-related needs?" The
subjects were the principals of Tasmanian schools, the settings were the
school buildings, and the substance was the role-behaviour of the principals
and matters related to a new taxonomy of building-related needs.
Ball's classifications of the micro-political styles of leadership of school
principals, to which the educative style was added, were adopted for this
study. Ching's classifications of spatial organisations were utilised to
describe the settings of the school and a theoretical argument was
developed in support of the concept of the taxonomy which was based on
the structure of Porter's adaptation of Maslow's hierarchy of needs. Therein,
psychological security has been linked to identification with place,
territoriality, and control through environmental competence. The
psychosocial need for affiliation has been linked to the 'affordances' of the
environment, and control through proxemics. The esteem needs have been
interpreted as the preferred expression of status in the aesthetic style of the
school. Autonomy has been linked to the control of one's needs for privacy
for one's private office and self-actualisation has been linked to the
person/environment fit between the principal and the school as the setting for
leadership behaviour. All five styles of leadership were classified among respondents and
significant correlations were found between leadership style and building related
needs. Emergent matters of some significance affecting the future
planning of new schools and the future amelioration of excess stress for
principals within the architectural settings of the schools have been
highlighted.

Item Type: Thesis (Coursework Master)
Keywords: School buildings, School principals
Copyright Holders: The Author
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Copyright 1997 the Author - The University is continuing to endeavour to trace the copyright
owner(s) and in the meantime this item has been reproduced here in good faith. We
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Thesis (M.Ed.)--University of Tasmania, 1997. Includes bibliographical references

Date Deposited: 25 Nov 2014 00:53
Last Modified: 06 Jul 2016 04:35
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