Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

An investigation of the workload and job satisfaction of North Carolina's special education directors
by Cash, Jennifer Brown, Ed.D., Wingate University, 2013, 269; 3591766
Abstract (Summary)

Keywords: special education directors, workload, job satisfaction, special education administration

The purpose of this mixed methods research study was to investigate employee characteristics, workload, and job satisfaction of special education directors employed by local education agencies in North Carolina (N=115). This study illuminates the complex nature of this leadership role and identifies factors influencing the job satisfaction among this population of special education directors. While these leaders have many years of experience in public education, the majority report fewer than five years of experience in special education administration. Findings identified these administrators have an immense workload that often requires reporting to work early, staying late, and/or working on weekends to fulfill job duties. While findings showed these leaders derive satisfaction when they apply strategic and instructional leadership, collaborate with stakeholders, and put forth efforts to improve outcomes for children with disabilities, this group has ambivalence toward their jobs. Areas of greatest dissatisfaction with regard to special education administration included demands from the state and local education agency, scarcity of resources, addressing conflict, and inadequate salaries. Findings of this study support earlier studies in that special education administration is inundated with turnover. Attrition is likely to continue until state and local education agencies take steps to improve the working conditions of special education administrators.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Compton, Cynthia
Commitee: Vandett, Ric, Wimberley, Lloyd
School: Wingate University
Department: Educational Leadership
School Location: United States -- North Carolina
Source: DAI-A 74/11(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: School administration, Special education
Keywords: Job satisfaction, North Carolina, Special education directors, Workload
Publication Number: 3591766
ISBN: 9781303324802
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