Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The steppingstone to the principalship: Assessing the job satisfaction and upward mobility of assistant principals
by Oleszewski, Ashley M., Ed.D., The University of Texas at San Antonio, 2012, 162; 3527343
Abstract (Summary)

Assistant principals (APs) are critical members of leadership teams. Unfortunately, this position has been underutilized in schools (Austin & Brown, 1970; Glanz, 1994; Harvey, 1994) and under-researched (Glanz, 1994; Kaplan & Owings, 1999; Marshall & Hooley, 2006; Ribbins, 1997). As a growing number of principals leave the position (Fink & Brayman, 2004; Frankel & Hayot, 2001; Maddern, 2009; Shoho & Barnett, 2010), the most likely replacements are assistant principals (Daresh & Voss, 2001; Denmark & Davis, 2001).

The purpose of this study was to identify the characteristics of career and upwardly mobile APs, compare the characteristics of upwardly mobile and career APs, and construct a predictive model of which APs become upwardly mobile. The results revealed that when compared to career APs, upwardly mobile APs spend more time on evaluation and development of curriculum and instruction, community relations, internal affairs, and personal professional development. There is a significant gap in time and importance for community relations between upwardly mobile and career APs. Similarly, upwardly mobile APs have fewer years in their current position than career APs. They are more likely to be a member of and participate in professional organizations and apply for and receive promotion. Upwardly mobile APs are associated with higher levels of job satisfaction in the area of leadership abilities. Finally, the personal professional development job dimension factor and personal challenge and leadership abilities job satisfaction factors significantly predicted upwardly mobile APs. From these results, it is recommended that further research focus on professional development and leadership abilities.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Shoho, Alan
Commitee: Barnett, Bruce, Crisp, Gloria E., Henderson, James E.
School: The University of Texas at San Antonio
Department: Educational Leadership & Policy Studies
School Location: United States -- Texas
Source: DAI-A 74/02(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Educational leadership, School administration
Keywords: Assistant principals, Educational leadership, Job satisfaction, Upward mobility
Publication Number: 3527343
ISBN: 9781267615671
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