ERIC Number: ED323589
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990
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Factors Contributing to the Job Satisfaction of Principals, 1978-1988. A Study of How the Participation of Principals in the Managerial Process, Specifically Budgeting, Affects Their Job Satisfaction.
Small, Ronald E.; Garrett, George W.
This report summarizes a study investigating the relationship between the extent of elementary school principals' participation in the budgeting process and their job satisfaction. The study also explored the difference between principals' actual and desired role in budgeting. Two studies were conducted, one in 1978 and one in 1988, and were compared to determine differences in principals' involvement and perceptions of their budgeting role and the relationships to job satisfaction. The study created a questionnaire to measure involvement factors and used another instrument, the Minnesota Satisfaction Questionnaire, to measure dimensions of general job satisfaction. The 1978 study had a response rate of 72 percent, and the 1988 study's response rate was 55 percent. In both studies, the principals were asked four questions to determine their budgetary involvement and influence with supervisors. In the 1978 study, principals who felt they could easily get their ideas across for items affecting their schools showed significantly higher scores in the general satisfaction dimension than did their less influential counterparts. In the 1988 study, there was no significant difference in the job satisfaction of those involved and those not involved. This difference may be attributable to changes in the principal's role; perhaps participation in budgeting is not viewed by central office administrators as the instructional leader's job. Also, the newer principals would not be less satisfied if participation was never offered to them. (MLH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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