Title

The Perceptions of Secondary Principals of the Effectiveness of Mississippi Alternative Schools

Date of Award

2002

Degree Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Department

Educational Leadership and School Counseling

First Advisor

Johnny Purvis

Advisor Department

Educational Leadership and School Counseling

Abstract

This study investigated the perceptions of Mississippi secondary principals of the effectiveness of alternative education. Using 26 variables identified as effective practices in alternative schools, participants rated their perception of these practices from 1 to 5 on a Likert scale. Participants were also asked to rate these same variables as they perceived them to be in existence in their own district and in the state. The ultimate goal of this study was to provide information that could be used to improve alternative education in Mississippi. This study was conducted during the Fall semester of the 2002 school year. Participants included 166 high school and middle school/junior high principals. Data were collected using the Perceptions of the Effectiveness of Mississippi Alternative Programs survey, which was an instrument developed for this study. Using version 10.0 of the SPSS statistical software program, a MANOVA technique was used to determine if there was a significant difference among secondary principals in Mississippi of their perceptions of alternative school effectiveness. School level (high school or middle school/junior high), years of experience as an administrator and degree earned were also collected for demographic value. A MANOVA was also conducted to determine if there was a significant difference in the participants' perceptions based on any of the demographic information. After testing each of the six hypotheses, it was determined that there was no significant difference among secondary principals in their perceptions of Mississippi alternative education. It was also concluded that there was no significant difference of the participants' perceptions based on the demographic information of school level, years of experience as an administrator or degree earned.