Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Love and hate: The study of school principals moving from job motivation to job frustration
by Lewis, Patricia A., Ph.D., Capella University, 2012, 157; 3541620
Abstract (Summary)

The following study is a discussion of the historical and most current theorists' views on research concerning leadership, qualities necessary to be an effective leader, job satisfaction, and psychological distress. The purpose of this study was to identify the satisfiers and dissatisfiers perceived by school principals as contributing to their job motivation and leading to possible job frustration. The nature of the study employed a quantitative research design to examine the research questions. One survey was based on that conducted by Herzberg in 1959, with medications made to the questions to be specific to the population of urban, suburban, rural, private, and parochial school principals. The other survey discusses job satisfaction and psychological distress (twelve-item General Health Questionnaire). The purpose of this study was to identify the satisfiers and dissatisfiers perceived by school principals as contributing to their job motivation and job frustration. The study was designed so that analyses of the data could be accomplished through the use of the multiple linear regression. The results of the study showed no significant relationship in the job motivation among school principals. Participants who could have chosen another profession showed that salary is the main reason to keep them motivated in staying in the profession. Participants who would not have chosen another profession showed that achievement, growth, responsibility, and status have significant relationship with the job motivation among principals. This means that principals who chose to be in the profession sought motivation through these four variables.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Persky, Barry
Commitee: Balch, David, Bowers, Todd
School: Capella University
Department: School of Education
School Location: United States -- Minnesota
Source: DAI-A 74/02(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: School Administration, School administration, Occupational psychology
Keywords: Job satisfaction, Principals
Publication Number: 3541620
ISBN: 9781267681041
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