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Type of Document Dissertation
Author Littrell, Peggy Creasey
URN etd-10032007-171537
Title The effects of principal support on general and special educators' stress, job satisfaction, health, school commitment, and intent to stay in teaching
Degree Doctor of Education
Department Administration and Supervision of Special Education
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Billingsley, Bonnie S. Committee Co-Chair
Jones, Philip R. Committee Co-Chair
Alexander, M. David Committee Member
Cross, Lawrence H. Committee Member
Geller, Carol Committee Member
  • Teachers
Date of Defense 1992-02-05
Availability restricted

Principal support enhances the work-place environment and encourages teachers to do their best. Little is known, however, about the support behaviors of principals that teachers perceive to be important. Previous studies have focused on the 'broad concepts' of principal support without addressing specific behaviors. Therefore, a more comprehensive investigation is needed into what general and special education teachers consider important principal support behaviors.

The purpose of this study was to identify the support dimensions that both general and special education teachers perceive that they receive from their principalS and determine which dimensions they consider most important. A secondary purpose was to investigate the effects of perceived principal support on teacher stress and personal health, job satisfaction, school commitment and intent to stay in teaching.

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