Title page for ETD etd-06062008-165626

Type of Document Dissertation
Author Lerch, David K.
URN etd-06062008-165626
Title The perceptions of public school principals from schools of different levels of quality about the influence that desegregation, supplementary financial assistance, magnet school thematic activities, and increased educational opportunities have on the quality of education in schools
Degree Doctor of Education
Department Educational Administration
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
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  • School principals
Date of Defense 1994-11-15
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This case study determined whether there was a difference in perceptions among principals from different quality schools about the influence desegregation, supplemental financial assistance, magnet thematic activities, and increased educational opportunities had on quality in education. Since there was no significant difference in perceptions, this study also examined how the factors influenced the principals' beliefs about educational quality. Two hundred fifty-five elementary and secondary principals from four different types of organizational structures in ten states participated in the study.

The participating principals responded to the Survey of principals' Attitudes Regarding Education (SPARE) which constituted the data for this investigation. The degree of achievement, student dropout, violence, and racial balance were used to determine school quality and constituted the dependent variables. Principals' perceptions about desegregation, thematic activities, supplemental financial assistance, and increased educational opportunities constituted the independent variables.

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