Date of Award

12-2012

Degree Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Department

Educational Leadership and School Counseling

Committee Chair

Dr. David E. Lee

Committee Chair Department

Educational Leadership and School Counseling

Committee Member 2

Dr. James T. Johnson

Committee Member 3

Dr. Rose McNeese

Committee Member 3 Department

Educational Leadership and School Counseling

Committee Member 4

Dr. Sharon Rouse

Committee Member 4 Department

Curriculum, Instruction, and Special Education

Abstract

A nationwide shortage of qualified, experienced applicants to fill the roles of educational leaders has led to a hiring crisis among school districts across America. The diminishing pool of applicants, accompanied by a high turnover rate of practicing administrators and increasing accountability demands, has revealed the importance of recruitment and retention of educational leaders. As the roles of school administrators are constantly evolving and increasing in complexity, recruiting skillfully trained personnel proficient in all dimensions of school leadership is a catalyst for increasing student achievement and for reducing principal attrition rates. The purpose of this research was to reveal perceived levels of administrative preparedness by principals and assistant principals in a large southeastern Louisiana school system. This investigation intended to reveal whether educational leaders who participated in district training initiatives were better prepared to assume the roles of educational leaders than those who did not participate in district training initiatives. The results of this study, which indicate that participants in district-wide training initiatives experienced the same levels of administrative preparedness as non-participants, may be beneficial to school districts as provisions for educational leadership training programs are investigated and implemented.

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