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ABSTRACT OF THE DISSERTATION
A CASE STUDY: PERCEPTON OF THE INDUCTION PROCESS OF INTERN
PRINCIPALS IN BROWARD COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS
Paulette M. Shadeed- Samai
Florida international University, 2005
Professor Judith J. Slater, Major Professor
The case study is a qualitative study of the perceptions of a purposeful sample of intern principal participants in Broward County Public School’s 2001-2003 principal leadership induction program through survey, interview and document analysis of their experiences concerning their success or failure in achieving the position of principal. The study focused on constructs of professional and organizational socialization and instructional leadership that research suggests are vital and integrated components for the effective development of aspiring instructional leaders.
The findings revealed that purposeful mentoring, a variety of site placement, hands on practical experiences, in addition to the quality of experience measured by the number of years prior experience are positively reported to affect the degrees of success perceived by intern principals. The study validated the interrelatedness of the three constructs professional and organizational socialization and instructional leadership as components that are realized in the development process through formal and informal characteristics of socialization. The data gathered would be of benefit to
principal leadership program designers to assist in their understanding of participants’ successes and failures that influence individual needs based on their experience as perceived by this group.
Implications for further study are the need for better understanding of leadership development, continued reinforcement of best practices such as mentoring, site shadowing and coaching, clarification of the administrator’s role, data analysis, curriculum implementation and student achievement. Organizations need to implement a common set of expectations, reasoning, attitudes, and understanding of purpose that guide behaviors. Recommendations are to design leadership induction programs to meet individual strengths and weaknesses not a one-size-fits-all program including a constructive and prescriptive two-way feedback system, select and assign mentors based on their expertise and candidate needs, varied site placements, develop skills to build collaborative relationships, and a standards based monitoring and assessment system to document program mastery and completion.