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The influence of principal leadership characteristics and actions on teacher retention: Teachers' lived experience


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Abstract (summary)

The purpose of this qualitative phenomenological study was to explore the attitudes and opinions of teachers of School District X in Central Colorado, to identify how principal leadership characteristics and actions influenced teacher retention attitudes and opinions. Twenty-four teachers from the district volunteered for the interviews. The process of phenomenological enquiry provided the structure to identify the essence of the phenomenon and to describe it accurately through the subjects' lived experience. The text data from each interview underwent the steps of the five key features of phenomenological design; bracketing, reduction, free variation, intuiting, and description. Microsoft Word 2007 and NVivo 8 software helped in the data analysis process to verify the emergent themes. Textural and structural descriptions then occurred using the five features of phenomenological design. The resulting five core themes were (a) support, (b) communication, (c) vision and direction, (d) professional behaviors, and (e) micromanagement. The implications derived from this study indicate that principals influence teacher attitudes toward remaining in or leaving the field of education. The knowledge gained from this study points to some leadership characteristics and actions that principals can adopt or avoid to decrease attrition in their schools.

Indexing (details)


Subject
Educational leadership;
School Administration;
Influence;
School principals;
Teacher retention
Classification
0449: Educational leadership
0461: School Administration
Identifier / keyword
Education; Educational leadership; Principal actions; Principal characteristics; Principal leadership; Teacher attrition; Teacher retention
Title
The influence of principal leadership characteristics and actions on teacher retention: Teachers' lived experience
Author
Scott, David Allan
Number of pages
234
Publication year
2010
Degree date
2010
School code
0850
Source
DAI-A 71/05, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9781109740431
Advisor
Varley, Melissa
University/institution
University of Phoenix
University location
United States -- Arizona
Degree
Ed.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
3406669
ProQuest document ID
276511008
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/276511008
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