Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Phenomenological Study of School Principals’ Lived Experiences of Providing Leadership for Libyan Public Schools
by Ezwaghi, Farida, EDD/ET, University of Phoenix, 2020, 283; 28095094
Abstract (Summary)

This descriptive phenomenological study is intended to illustrate, through the perspective of Libyan school principals, the lived experience of providing leadership for public school education in Libya. Fourteen school principals were recruited using a purposive sampling method and selected based on identified criteria. Data provided by this descriptive phenomenological research were collected through in-depth interviews with individual participants. Open-ended questions were used during the interviews to collect data. Moustakas’ (1994) modified van Kaam methodology was employed in analyzing the data. This study incorporated phenomenological reduction methods to analyze the data and understand the principals’ experiences. Four significant themes emerged from the data: (1) Libyan principals were satisfied with providing leadership to public schools, (2) finding leading schools is a challenging and difficult experience, (3) school principals are responsible for everyone and everything in the school, and (4) a school principal must possess certain important skills and qualities. Recommendations included the establishment of a formal leadership preparation program and development of new criteria for standardization of the principalship profession, along with professional development of the school principals, as well as suggestions for future research on Libyan school principals’ leadership.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Connelly, James
Commitee: Ellis, Bonnie, Munday, Donald
School: University of Phoenix
Department: School of Advanced Studies
School Location: United States -- Arizona
Source: DAI-A 82/7(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Educational leadership, Educational administration, North African Studies
Keywords: Libyan education, Libyan principals, Libyan school principals preparation, Libyan school reform
Publication Number: 28095094
ISBN: 9798557058094
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