Date Approved

5-31-1998

Embargo Period

8-10-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A. in Educational Leadership

Department

Educational Services and Leadership

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Capasso, Ronald L.

Subject(s)

Middle Township High School (Middle Township, N.J.); Interns (Education); School administrators--Training of; Teachers--Attitudes

Disciplines

Educational Leadership

Abstract

The purpose of the study was to increase the effectiveness of communication between administration and faculty within a secondary educational organization. Forty-three educators within a total population of 73 participated in the study and completed a survey instrument that examined teacher health, motivation, and satisfaction. The survey yielded quantitative and qualitative data within the areas of demographics, orientation to teaching, areas of satisfaction and dissatisfaction, commitment to life goals, and health. Quantitative data was computer-generated, and narrative responses were categorized within general areas related to the teaching profession. All data was presented and discussed within the structure of specific framing questions. The study revealed that the faculty had become complacent and dissatisfied with many aspects of the teaching profession due to ineffective leadership and poor communication, yet faculty members still viewed students as their primary focus. Shared decision making will result in the selection of a new administrator with the skills necessary to revitalize personnel, establish a strong communication network, and facilitate educational improvement.

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