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ERIC Number: ED554016
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 123
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-1-3031-3245-2
The Effectiveness of Principal Training at a Small New England College
St. Germain, David
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, Walden University
The purpose of this study was to ascertain if a program's alumni at a small New England college perceived its educational leadership training program to have adequately prepared its graduates for the current demands of a principalship. This program has never been evaluated, which is alarming considering the important role school administrators have in ensuring students are learning at a high rate. The conceptual base for this evaluation was based on the 6 standards developed by the Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium. An explanatory, sequential mixed methods research design was developed to determine the program's perceived effectiveness. Quantitative data from a cross-sectional survey of 13 of the program's alumni working as principals were gathered. The responses were analyzed via a one-way ANOVA which revealed no difference between different groups based on gender, years of experience as a teacher, and years as an administrator. Descriptive statistical analysis was used to determine themes from the responses. These themes were used to develop an interview protocol, which was conducted with 6 survey respondents and 3 program mentors. An evaluative coding strategy was used to analyze the qualitative data. This analysis showed that the program was perceived by the alumni to have prepared them to become building leaders; however, a weakness was revealed related to the students' internships. The recommendation for improvement, the implementation of a personalized improvement plan, will be made to the program's director. As a result, this project study promotes social change by presenting a process to improve the effectiveness of the next generation of school leaders. In turn, these trained leaders will be better able to improve the learning of countless school children. [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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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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