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Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Factors contributing to high school principal attrition
by Tennille, Cartha T., Ed.D., La Sierra University, 2008, 156; 3313358
Abstract (Summary)

The demand for qualified high school principals is reaching crisis proportions. The number of current principals who are leaving their positions and the profession is escalating. Some of the factors contributing to the rate of attrition have, heretofore, been identified as salary, long hours, unions, low performing students, and the abundance of paperwork. The purpose of this case study was to understand the importance of the role of various stakeholders in the retention of high school principals in southern California. Five individuals who had left a high school principalship were interviewed and their responses were analyzed to ascertain their reasons for choosing to leave their positions. The reasons that were synthesized from the interview transcripts were: school board, superintendent, and district office support as well as politics and the consequences of being a change agent. Implications for the future suggest that if high school principal attrition is to be stemmed, principals must be supported by the board, the superintendent, and the district office. Additionally, they must not be positioned to become embroiled in local politics, nor held responsible for alienating people in the process of becoming the change agent in their high schools.

Indexing (document details)
School: La Sierra University
School Location: United States -- California
Source: DAI-A 69/05, Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Educational sociology, School administration, Secondary education
Keywords: Change agents, High school administration, High school principal, High school principals, Principal attrition, Principal retention, Principal turnover, Secondary attrition
Publication Number: 3313358
ISBN: 978-0-549-62422-6
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