Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Perceptions and lived experiences of Illinois Parents as Teachers program leaders while managing a multigenerational staff
by Ruhe Marsh, Linda, Ed.D., University of Phoenix, 2012, 147; 3572922
Abstract (Summary)

The purpose of this qualitative narrative inquiry was to explore the perceptions and lived experiences of Illinois Parents as Teachers (PAT) program leaders managing a multigenerational workforce. Supervisors state that leading a multigenerational staff possesses challenges that affect overall productivity (Bell, 2008). PAT stakeholders including leaders, facilitators, parents, and children risk failing to provide or receive optimal services because of weak supervisory practices. Obtaining the perceptions and lived experiences, as narrated by PAT leaders about the work practices, behaviors, ethics, and leadership styles of employees from various generations will add insight to this plight. The study involved 10 Illinois Parents as Teachers program leaders purposely selected based on the number of employees and generational cohorts represented in the program. The participants were interviewed using a semi-structured, open ended interview format; data was collected and analyzed. Five themes were extracted from the data using manual analysis and NVivo 9.0© to aid in the coding process. The themes were important to understanding the participant’s perceptions of managing a multigenerational staff. This study provided insight into how PAT leaders view employees from various generations in terms of work practices, behaviors, ethics, and leadership. The narratives provided rich accounts of leader’s experiences, which in turn will be a helpful professional development and technical assistance tool in training leaders to use the most effective techniques with a multigenerational staff. Suggestions for educational practice and further research are included in the recommendations.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Holmberg, Melissa
Commitee: Kanai, Therese, Smith, Laurie
School: University of Phoenix
Department: Educational Leadership
School Location: United States -- Arizona
Source: DAI-A 74/12(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Educational leadership, School administration, Early childhood education
Keywords: Generational cohorts, Home visiting, Illinois, Multigenerational workforce, Parents as Teachers, Supervisors
Publication Number: 3572922
ISBN: 978-1-303-41211-0
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