Date of Award

5-1-1991

Degree Type

Dissertation

University or Center

Atlanta University (AU)

School

School of Education

Degree Name

Ed.D.

Department

Educational Leadership

First Advisor

Professor Olivia Boggs

Abstract

The research was structured to determine if principals' leadership behavior was related to the absenteeism, job satisfaction, and retention of special education teachers. Further, the research examined the impact of principals' preparation in special education on their leadership behavior. The data were analyzed using the Pearson Product-Moment Correlation Coefficient and Analysis of Variance.

The findings revealed that there is a significant relationship between principals' leadership and job satisfaction of special education teachers, and there is a significant inverse relationship between principals' leadership behavior and absenteeism. Data support that there is a significant relationship between preparation of principals in special education and principals' leadership behavior. Further, there was no significant relationship between principals' leadership behavior and retention of special education teachers. The data further showed that there is no significant difference between and within groups of special education teachers as it relates to areas of specialization and job satisfaction. Finally, there was no significant difference between absenteeism and area of specialization of special education teachers.

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