AN INVESTIGATION OF THE ROLE OF THE ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL AS PERCEIVED BY SECONDARY SCHOOL PRINCIPALS, ASSISTANT PRINCIPALS, TEACHERS, STUDENTS, AND PARENTS IN THE URBAN CENTERS OF TENNESSEE

WILLIAM HOWARD TERRELL, Tennessee State University

Abstract

This study was an investigation of the role of the secondary assistant principal in selected urban Tennessee school systems. It sought to determine whether there were differences in the perceptions of principals, assistant principals, teachers, students, and parents in regard to ideal and actual role of the assistant principal.^ Data were gathered through a questionnaire which was devised and validated by the investigator. The questionnaire was sent to 330 individuals of secondary schools located in Chattanooga, Knoxville, Memphis, and Metro-Nashville. One hundred and eighty-five responded with completed questionnaires for a response rate of 56 percent. The researcher divided the thirty items of the questionnaire into six clusters. These clusters included administration, staff relations, clerical duties, public relations, instructors, and student relations. The data were subjected to a one-way analysis of variance.^ Hypothesis one predicted that there would be no significant difference at the.05 level among the perceptions of secondary school principals, assistant principals, teachers, students, and parents regarding the actual role of the urban assistant principal. An analysis of variance indicated that a significant difference did exist in the cluster areas of administration, staff relations, and clerical duties. The null hypothesis was rejected. The analysis of variance revealed that no significant differences existed in the cluster areas of public relations, instruction, and student relations. The null hypothesis was accepted in these cluster areas.^ Hypothesis two predicted that there would be no significant difference at the.05 level among the perceptions of secondary school principals, assistant principals, teachers, students, and parents regarding the ideal role of the urban assistant principal. An analysis of variance showed no significant differences. The null hypothesis was accepted.^ Hypothesis three predicted there would be no significant difference at the.05 level between the actual and ideal roles of the urban assistant principal as perceived by secondary school principals, assistant principals, teachers, students, and parents. The null hypothesis was rejected in the cluster areas of administration, staff relations, instruction, and student relations. The null hypothesis was accepted in the cluster areas of clerical duties and public relations. ^

Subject Area

Education, Administration

Recommended Citation

WILLIAM HOWARD TERRELL, "AN INVESTIGATION OF THE ROLE OF THE ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL AS PERCEIVED BY SECONDARY SCHOOL PRINCIPALS, ASSISTANT PRINCIPALS, TEACHERS, STUDENTS, AND PARENTS IN THE URBAN CENTERS OF TENNESSEE" (1985). ETD Collection for Tennessee State University. Paper AAI8802605.
http://digitalscholarship.tnstate.edu/dissertations/AAI8802605

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