A comparative relationship study of Tennessee principals' years of experience to principalship appointment

Brenda Jean Thompson King, Tennessee State University


This study focused on the relationship of prior professional educational work experience of principals in Tennessee to principalship appointments. The dissertation study also investigated the hiring and recruiting practices that were normally used as well as alternative selection procedures for principals. A definition of and explanation of an effective principal or effective educational leader were also researched.^ A comparison of 1,253 Tennessee principals was made for the 1996-1997 academic year based on their years of prior principal experience and their total years of experience as principals. The principals were grouped by gender and race/ethnicity. The data obtained were treated with the chi-square analysis at the.05 level of significance of 3.84.^ The study findings showed that there was a relationship in the prior and total years of work experience of principals to principal appointments in Tennessee, especially for females at the secondary level, for Blacks in general, and Black males, specifically. It also provided educational policymakers with information about the current status of principals in Tennessee as of the 1996-1997 academic year. Identification of some major methods and strategies for remedying the major shortcomings were uncovered. This study was organized around several null hypotheses and some specific research questions. ^

Subject Area

Education, Administration|Education, Philosophy of

Recommended Citation

Brenda Jean Thompson King, "A comparative relationship study of Tennessee principals' years of experience to principalship appointment" (1997). ETD Collection for Tennessee State University. Paper AAI9812072.