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ERIC Number: ED513852
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 337
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-1096-2962-0
Job Satisfaction/Dissatisfaction of Nonpublic School Administrators
Houpt, Jessica Jean
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, University of La Verne
Purpose. The purpose of this study was to (a) identify sources of job satisfaction/dissatisfaction in selected nonpublic schools that serve exceptional special education students in California; (b) identify the sources of dissatisfaction; (c) ascertain any significant difference between male and female perceptions of the satisfaction/dissatisfaction factors; (d) identify any significant difference between on the job and perceptions of the job satisfaction/dissatisfaction factors; and (e) identify any significant difference in the perceptions of satisfaction/dissatisfaction for individuals having had previous careers. Methodology. This study used a descriptive research design for Research Questions 1 and 2, and ex post facto for Research Questions 3, 4, and 5. Findings. Only the motivational factor work itself was seen as very satisfying. Three of Herzberg's 13 factors were seen as statistically significant; 26 sources of satisfaction were statistically significant in regard to gender. Statistical significance was seen between Group 1 (0-9 years experience) and Group 3 (20-plus years) with Group 3 scoring higher. Salary was only statistically significant for those held other careers prior to nonpublic schools. Conclusions. (a) Men are more satisfied; (b) administrators do not compare themselves to others; (c) communication is key; (d) administrators are satisfied; (e) salary is not the key to increased retention; (f) organizational culture needs to be observed; (g) veteran administrators are significantly more satisfied; (h) administrators are satisfied whether they have held a previous career or not. Implications for Action. (a) Principals' outlooks are directly tied to their success on the job and success of the school. (b) Being informed was one of the recurring themes seen throughout the questions relating to gender differences. (c) Training programs need to address the areas of job satisfaction in order to assist with retention. (d) A process needs to be created to address the variation with regard to job satisfaction levels between genders. (e) In order to address the major variations between Groups 1 and 3, a coaching program should be established and implemented. (f) High turnover rates are a problem of nonpublic schools. (g) There needs to be a clear and strong focus on communication. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Language: English
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