Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

A descriptive study of the factors that prevent principal candidates from advancement to the principal position
by Witcher, Robyn R., Ed.D., University of South Florida, 2011, 179; 3450640
Abstract (Summary)

This qualitative study examined the perceived barriers to the principalship by prepared principal candidates as a means of understanding why some candidates are unsuccessful in acquiring a principalship. The use of a questionnaire, interviews, and reflection postcards served as the data collection methods concerning their lack of success in achieving a principal position. Portraitures were used to illuminate the journey of these candidates as they completed the necessary requirements, developed the skill vital to becoming a principal, and interviewed for prospective openings.

The findings revealed that the barrier to the principalship for these candidates is their own lack of awareness regarding who they are and what they know as it pertains to the principalship and their lack of self reflection and self correction skills.

Implications for further study include, a study of principal candidates who have acquired principalship after a significant length of time and their perceptions of what corrections they made that advanced their career; comparison study of the preparation experiences of principal candidates who were successful in getting a principalship in contrast to principal candidates who were unable to advance to the role; and a repeat of this study using male candidates.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Greenlee, Bobbie
Commitee: Bruner, Darlene, Faucette, Nell, Young, William
School: University of South Florida
Department: Educational Leadership and Policy Studies
School Location: United States -- Florida
Source: DAI-A 72/07, Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Educational leadership, School administration, Occupational psychology
Keywords: Advancement, Andragogy, Barriers, Leadership, Principal candidates, Supporting roles, Training
Publication Number: 3450640
ISBN: 9781124595740
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