Keywords

Accountability, Satisfaction, Principalship

Abstract

The problem of this study was to examine the impact of Florida's A+ program of accountability on elementary principal job satisfaction. Specifically, the study was conducted to determine the relationship between a school's grade and principal job satisfaction. Of primary interest was the extent to which school accountability impacted principal satisfaction with the facets of Work on Present Job, Pay, Opportunities for Promotion, Supervision, People on the Present Job, and the job as a whole. The instruments used, the Job Descriptive Index (JDI) and Job in General (JIG) were provided through the JDI Research Office housed at Bowling Green State University. The JDI and JIG results were analyzed using statistical analyses, comparisons of median scores within established satisfaction ranges developed for the JDI, and national norms also provided by the JDI Research Office. The data were derived from the responses of 65 (39.6%) public elementary school principals in three Florida counties. Overall, the findings demonstrated that 93.7% of responding principals reported overall satisfaction with their jobs as measured by the JIG. High levels of satisfaction were also reported on the JDI in the areas of Work on Present Job, Supervision and People on your Present Job. The two areas that were the least satisfying for responding principals were the facets of Pay and Opportunities for Promotion where a majority expressed feelings of ambiguity or dissatisfaction. In an analysis of the impact of school grades (A, B, or C), there was not a significant relationship between the grade received by the school and principal satisfaction on either the JDI or the JIG.

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Graduation Date

2006

Semester

Fall

Advisor

Murray, Barbara

Degree

Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)

College

College of Education

Department

Educational Research, Technology and Leadership

Degree Program

Educational Leadership

Format

application/pdf

Identifier

CFE0001465

URL

http://purl.fcla.edu/fcla/etd/CFE0001465

Language

English

Length of Campus-only Access

None

Access Status

Doctoral Dissertation (Open Access)

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