Working conditions and retention of principals in small and mid-sized urban districts

Edward J. Fuller, Liz Hollingworth, Michelle D. Young

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This chapter analyzes 2011 survey data from a sample of Texas principals who were asked about their perceptions of their working conditions such as: Support and facilities; salary; resources; autonomy to make decisions; testing and accountability pressures; and relationships with supervisors. Respondents were also asked about their intentions to stay or leave their particular school. Researchers and policymakers agree effective and stable school leadership is critical to school improvement efforts, but we know little about how various working conditions impact principal effectiveness and turnover. This work is important because in-depth knowledge of the causes of principal turnover in general and how principal working conditions impact turnover in particular is a pre-requisite to creating policies and support mechanisms to support principals in small and mid-sized districts.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)41-64
Number of pages24
JournalAdvances in Educational Administration
StatePublished - Jan 1 2015

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Education
  • Public Administration


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