Trask, Maxwell (1972) Criteria for the selection of public elementary school principals in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador. Masters thesis, Memorial University of Newfoundland.
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The major purpose of this study was to investigate the preferences of the Newfoundland and Labrador Educational District superintendents for criteria in selecting public elementary school principals. Data collected from 26 Integrated and Roman Catholic district superintendents provided the necessary information used in the testing of the various hypotheses. -- One hundred and twenty-three selection criteria, identified mainly from related research, were used in the questionnaire. These were categorized under six major headings as follows: (1) Professional Qualifications, (2) Professional Experience, (3) Personal-Professional Attributes, (4) Professional Selection Standards, (5) Professional Selection Techniques, and (6) Personal Attributes. District superintendents were required to indicate their preferences of the criteria in sections 1 through 5 according to the appropriateness of the criteria in a selection process. Section 5 required the superintendents to estimate the importance of principalship candidates' personal attributes. The response scale for each attribute was 5, 4 3, 2, and 1. Corresponding to each attribute is Most Important, Fairly Important, Uncertain, Of Little Importance, and Of No Importance. -- Results of the analysis of data relating to the preferences, and estimations of the respondents, as a whole, revealed that the superintendents do not agree on the criteria to be used in selecting principalship candidates. -- Respondents were classified and compared on the basis of certain selected variables such as district type, district size, administrative experience, and supervisory experience. Based on findings using the Chi Square, it was concluded that superintendents' preferences of the selection criteria were seldomly influenced by their professional characteristics. -- The general conclusions from this study were: (1) superintendents do not agree on the appropriateness of criteria to be used in the selection of public elementary school principals, and (2) in terms of a uniform selection procedure, the Newfoundland and Labrador school districts are similar to many other North American systems where research on this topic has been conducted.
|Item Type:||Thesis (Masters)|
|Additional Information:||Bibliography: leaves 180-185.|
|Department(s):||Education, Faculty of|
|Geographic Location:||Canada--Newfoundland and Labrador|
|Library of Congress Subject Heading:||School principals--Newfoundland and Labrador; Elementary school principals--Newfoundland and Labrador--Selection and appointment|
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