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Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

An Assessment of the Level of School Law Knowledge of South Carolina School Principals and the Implications for Litigation and Social Justice
by White, Delaney Batson, Ed.D., University of South Carolina, 2012, 128; 3548900
Abstract (Summary)

This study examined the level of school law knowledge held by principals in selected school districts in the state of South Carolina. Specifically, it looked at the effect that the principal's district of employment, years of experience, and professional training had on his or her knowledge of school law. This study also examined the areas principals most frequently cited as areas they would have changed their practice had they known the law. Militello, Schimmel, and Eberwein's Educational Law Survey was administered, which investigated the areas of student rights (search/seizure, student freedom of expression, issues of religion and education, special education/limited English proficiency, student due process/discipline, and compulsory education) and teacher rights (liability regarding student injuries, contract issues/employee rights, teacher academic freedom, torts, abuse/neglect, discrimination/harassment, and student records). Only 15.9% of participants scored a 70% or higher on the survey, which was the acceptable level of performance as noted by the original authors of the survey. These results confirm the findings of previous studies in this area over the past 30 years by determining school principals continue to have a below-average knowledge level of concepts of school law as related to student and teacher rights.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Kelehear, Zach
Commitee: Harrill, Lynn, Murray, Kent, Stevick, Doyle
School: University of South Carolina
Department: Educational Administration
School Location: United States -- South Carolina
Source: DAI-A 74/05(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Educational leadership
Keywords: Educational law, Knowledge, Leadership, Litigation, Social justice
Publication Number: 3548900
ISBN: 978-1-267-84731-7
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