Date of Award

7-1-2010

Degree Type

Dissertation

University or Center

Clark Atlanta University(CAU)

School

School of Education

Degree Name

Ed.D.

Department

Educational Leadership

First Advisor

Dr. Trevor Turner

Second Advisor

Dr. Moses C. Norman

Third Advisor

Dr. Noran Moffett

Abstract

Many school counselors have not utilized their leadership opportunities because of role ambiguity in their position which leads to job dissatisfaction. The researcher believes that until school counselors can become more satisfied in their positions they will not operate as educational leaders. The primary purpose of the study was to identify if there was significant relationship between selected independent variables (school counselor demographics, school demographics, school counselor leadership attributes, principal leadership style. teacher-school counselor relationship, parent-school counselor relationship, school counselor recognition, and school counselor role responsibilities) and the level of job satisfaction of school counselors in a metropolitan Atlanta school district and to further reveal how administrators and policy makers can guide school counselors in contributing to and improving the legitimacy of the profession. The statistical test that was used to test the relationships as expressed in the research questions is the correlation analysis. The results of the study were analyzed to explain which independent variables have the greatest impact on school counselors’ job satisfaction. Findings from this study suggest that there is a statistically signification relationship between selected independent variables (school counselor leadership attributes, principal leadership style, teacher school counselor relationship, parent-school counselor relationship, school counselor recognition, and school counselor role responsibilities) and job satisfaction.

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