Title page for ETD etd-12042001-193613


Type of Document Dissertation
Author Cochran, John David
URN etd-12042001-193613
Title Role Outcomes of School Division Socialization Tactics for Middle School Principals in Virginia
Degree Doctor of Education
Department Educational Leadership and Policy Studies
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Curcio, Claire Cole Vaught Committee Co-Chair
Driscoll, Lisa G. Committee Co-Chair
Arnold, Douglas E. Committee Member
Crockett, Jean B. Committee Member
Parson, Stephen R. Committee Member
Keywords
  • school divisions
  • principals
  • socialization
Date of Defense 2001-11-29
Availability unrestricted
Abstract
This study investigated how school divisions in Virginia socialized new middle school principals, and the effects this socialization had on the principals' role. It also examined the effects of school division characteristics and principal traits on the selection of socialization tactics and on role outcomes. Consistent with theory, the results suggest that the choice of different socialization tactics lead to different role outcomes. Specifically, the tactics concerned mainly with the social aspects of newcomer principal adjustment were most influential in moderating levels of role conflict and role ambiguity, and to a lesser degree in determining role orientation. The results also suggest that the size and wealth of school divisions effect the selection of some socialization tactics. Further, the results suggest that the age, gender, and ethnicity of principals influence the determination of role orientation, and moderate the levels of role conflict and role ambiguity.
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