Patti Palagi

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Summers, Kelly H.

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Ed.D. (Doctor of Education)

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Department of Leadership, Educational Psychology and Foundations


Educational leadership; School management and organization


To determine the qualities associated with effective building leaders, this study identifies how those tasked with hiring principals value core leadership practices and past educational experience. The inclusion of prior classroom teaching experience as a pre-requisite for applying to a principal preparation program provided the impetus for this study. Study participants were chosen based on their participation in the hiring of principals. Participants completed a survey that sought insight related to both core leadership practices as defined by Leithwood (Setting Direction, Developing People, Developing the Organization and, Managing the Instructional Program) and experience prior to becoming a principal. The participants were also asked to rank the importance of core leadership practices and prior classroom teaching experience. Questions were also included to determine if the participants had ever hired principals with no prior classroom teaching experience. Background information of study participants was also sought, mainly their experience prior to becoming an administrator as well as the number of classrooms in which they had observed and provided feedback to teachers prior to becoming an administrator.


Advisors: Kelly H. Summers.||Committee members: Christine K. Malecki; Patrick Roberts.||Includes bibliographical references.


viii, 159 pages




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