Date of Award

2005

Degree Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

EdD Education Leadership, Management and Policy

Department

Education Leadership, Management and Policy

Advisor

Joseph Stetar

Committee Member

John W. Collins, Jr.

Committee Member

Ivan Shibley

Committee Member

Alex Dubil

Keywords

High school principals, Job satisfaction, Pennsylvania

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to determine the overall job satisfaction of high school principals in Pennsylvania. The Minnesota Job Satisfaction Questionnaire long form was the instrument used for this study. The study used a proportional random sampling to survey the four hundred and twenty six high school principals in Pennsylvania. The study surveyed two hundred and twenty five male high school principals and eighty female high school principals. The study determined the level of intrinsic and extrinsic satisfaction and determined the relationship of selected factors of gender; age; ethnicity; levels of education; salary level; years of experience; number of assistant principals; years in current school district; school socio-economic level; and school size. This study explored the relationship between general job satisfaction and ten demographic variables. The study asked the question does the independent variable ( demographic variable) affect the levels of the dependent variable (general job satisfaction). Analysis of variance showed that only one demographic variable (age) had an effect on the general job satisfaction levels of high school principals. The mean score for the general job satisfaction scale is 79.8623 with a standard deviation of 9.4569. Using the normative data for employed non­-disab led the mean score of 79. 8623 falls between the 5 s" and 60 111 percentile. This would indicate that as a group high school principals in Pennsylvania have an average level of general job satisfaction. The mean score for the intrinsic satisfaction scale is 50.0507 with a standard deviation of 5.5412. Using the normative data for engineers the mean score of 50.0507 falls between the 55 111 111 and 60 percentile. This would indicate that as a group high school principals in Pennsylvania have an average level of intrinsic satisfaction. The mean score for the extrinsic satisfaction scale is 21.7554 with a standard deviation of 4.3453. Using the normative data for engineers the mean score of 21.7554 falls between the 45 1h 111 and 55 percentile. This would indicate that as a group high school principals in Pennsylvania have an average level of extrinsic satisfaction. As a group, high school principals scored higher on the intrinsic scales.

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