Title page for ETD etd-041999-142711

Type of Document Dissertation
Author Waskiewicz, Stanley Peter
Author's Email Address StanPW@kimbanet.com
URN etd-041999-142711
Title Variables That Contribute to Job Satisfaction in Secondary School Assistant Principals
Degree Doctor of Education
Department Educational Leadership and Policy Studies
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Parks, David J. Committee Chair
Carlier, Paul R. Committee Member
DeVault, Joseph A. Committee Member
Hutchinson, Susan R. Committee Member
Parson, Stephen R. Committee Member
  • Assistant Principals
  • Job Satisfaction
  • Secondary School
Date of Defense 1999-02-08
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Stanley P. Waskiewicz

David J. Parks, Committee Chairman

Educational Leadership and Policy Studies


The purpose of this study was to identify variables that explain the job

satisfaction of assistant principals of secondary schools. If such variables are

identified, efforts can be made to eliminate or reduce the effects of those

variables which lead to dissatisfaction and enhance those which lead to

satisfaction. The participants were 291 respondents to a survey distributed to

a systemic sample of 400 assistant principals who were members of the

National Association of Secondary School Principals in 1996.

Participants completed the short form of the Minnesota Satisfaction

Questionnaire and a questionnaire developed by the researcher. Participants'

job satisfaction had three measures: extrinsic, intrinsic, and general job

satisfaction. The variables believed to explain job satisfaction of assistant

principals (age, opportunity for advancement, career aspirations,

compensation, feelings of compensation fairness, supervisor relations, and•iii

ability utilization) were analyzed through path analysis to determine the

effects of the independent variables on the three measures of job satisfaction.

Results revealed that assistant principals are only marginally satisfied

with their jobs. Assistant principals are not as interested in advancing their

careers as reported in prior studies. Assistant principals also feel that their

responsibilities are extending beyond the routine maintenance of discipline

and attendance programs.

Examination of the data revealed that the hypothesized models did not

fit the data. Of the variables theorized to explain job satisfaction, age,

compensation, and opportunity for advancement were found to have no

significant effect on intrinsic, extrinsic, or general job satisfaction. However,

supervisor relations was found to have a significant effect on all three

measures, as did ability utilization. The other variables in the models either

did not have significant effects on the three measures of job satisfaction or

were too small to be considered important.

Relationships between the independent variables were also examined

and reported. None of the hypothesized indirect path effects were large

enough to be considered important.

After reviewing the results, the only conclusion that can be drawn is

that the models did not capture accurate relationships among the variables.•However, supervisor relations and ability utilization were found to be

moderately related to extrinsic, intrinsic, and general job satisfaction.

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