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Title:An Analysis of Expectation for Principal Behavior in the United States Virgin Islands Educational Documents and the Relationship of Document Importance to Perception of Role Conflict and Ambiguity
Author(s):Creque, Linda De Pass
Department / Program:Education
Discipline:Education
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Degree:Ph.D.
Genre:Dissertation
Subject(s):Education, Administration
Abstract:This study attempted to answer the following questions: (a) Do Virgin Islands educational system documents contain differing expectations for the behavior of principals?, and (b) Do principals in the Virgin Islands perceive role conflict and/or role ambiguity. Based on the work of Kahn, it was hypothesized that if differing expectations existed in critical educational system documents that governed the behavior of principals then these documents would create role conflict and/or role ambiguity--conditions that are dysfunctional to organizational systems and principals' effectiveness.
To test the hypothesis two methodologies were utilized: content analysis and survey techniques. A content analysis was completed on five critical Virgin Islands educational system documents. They were: (a) the teachers' contract; (b) the principal's job description; (c) the Administrative Evaluation Form; (d) Educational Laws and Regulations of the Virgin Islands; and (e) policy memos issued by the Commissioner of Education and/or the District Superintendents. All documents were issued or were in use between June 1982 and August 1984.
Secondly, a three part Likert-type Respondent Information Form included (1) a demographic information form, (2) a document importance questionnaire, and (3) the Rizzo, House, Lirtzman Role Conflict and Ambiguity Scale (RCA). The RCA was distributed to all 37 principals in the population being investigated. Thirty-four usable forms were returned and included in the study.
Results of the investigation supported the hypotheses that there were significant differences in expectations for principals' behavior in the five documents under investigation and that Virgin Islands principals experience role conflict and, to a lesser degree, role ambiguity in the performance of their job.
Issue Date:1986
Type:Text
Description:124 p.
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1986.
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/2142/69051
Other Identifier(s):(UMI)AAI8623277
Date Available in IDEALS:2014-12-15
Date Deposited:1986


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