Master's Theses

Date of Award

Summer 1992

Degree Name

Education Specialist (Ed.S)

Department

Advanced Education Programs

Advisor

Ed Stehno

Abstract

The purpose of the researcher was to investigate the opinions of middle school teachers, middle school principals, and state department certification directors concerning the need for special certification of middle school principals. The independent variables investigated were years of experience, gender, amount of formal education, age, educational position, and status of states concerning special certification for middle school principals . The dependent variable was the scores from the middle school questionnaire. The sample consisted of 167 middle school teachers, 173 middle school principals, and 26 state department certification directors. Five composite null hypotheses and 1 null hypothesis were tested at the .05 level of significance. There were a total of 17 comparisons made plus 15 recurring comparisons. Of the 17 comparisons, 6 were main effects and 11 were interactions. Of the 6 main effects, 1 was statistically significant at the .05 level. The statistically significant main effect was for gender. The results of the main effect indicated female subjects reported a statistically higher mean score than males; thus, giving greater endorsement for special certification of middle school principals. Of the 11 interactions 2 were statistically significant at the .05 level. The statistically significant interactions were between years of experience and amount of formal education; and between gender and age. The results of the present study appeared to support the following generalizations: 1. females less than 47 years of age rated special certification for middle school principals higher than males of the same age; 2. males 47 years of age and greater rated special certification for middle school principals numerically higher than females of the same age; 3. subjects with 0-3 years of experience regardless of the amount of formal education rated special certification for middle school principals numerically higher than subjects with 16 plus years of experience regardless of the amount of formal education. 4. educational position and attitude toward middle school principal certification was not associated; 5. amount of formal education was not associated with attitude toward middle school principal special certification; and 6. status of special certification for middle school principals in the state was not associated with attitude toward middle school principal certification.

Rights

Copyright 1992 A. Louise Jones

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