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 Keywords
- Assistant Principals
- Job Satisfaction
- Secondary School
Date of Defense 1999-02-08 Availability unrestricted AbstractVARIABLES THAT CONTRIBUTE TO JOB SATISFACTION
IN SECONDARY SCHOOL ASSISTANT PRINCIPALS
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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