There is no doubt that great schools are headed by great leaders. However, nationally there is a persistent shortage of principals. This is a cause of great concern due to the increasing demands of the job and the constant pressure to raise student achievement as measured by standardized test scores. Many with the credentials to fill vacancies for assistant principal and principal positions are not applying. This research study employed mixed methods research in order to investigate the reasons why these individuals have chosen not to step into school leadership positions. The factors that would entice them to move forward were also explored with the hope that districts may consider the results of this study to resolve any shortage issues. Individuals with a principal certification and who were currently working in a school building were asked to complete a survey aimed to gain insight on what it would take to entice these individuals to pursue a school leadership position. Research participants cited the stress level of the job, budget constraints, and the political nature of the job as the three most important reasons for not applying for school leadership positions. The availability of a mentor, the scope of support, and a less cumbersome application process were the three most popular potential motivators for seeking advancement to the principalship.
|Commitee:||Elliott, Diana, Young, Stephen|
|School:||Holy Family University|
|Department:||School of Education|
|School Location:||United States -- Pennsylvania|
|Source:||DAI-A 81/4(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Keywords:||job satisfaction, principal shortage, school leadership|
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