Career anchors of North Carolina principals

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Paul J. Puryear (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Dale L. Brubaker

Abstract: Research has demonstrated that the principal is a key element in an effective school. Since it is important to retain capable leaders to run schools, the question exists as to why principals choose to remain in the principalship rather than to move up the organizational hierarchy or to leave the profession. This study was designed to determine if the anchor concept used in career development were applicable to the principalship. Specifically, the study was undertaken to determine if career anchors existed for principals and to uncover factors that influence the acceptance of these anchors. Principals from three North Carolina school districts were surveyed, and a total of 116 responded representing a response rate of 82 percent. A factor analysis of items previously used to identify career anchors in other professions resulted in the identification of seven career anchors for principals: variety, identity, autonomy, organizational security, technical competence, geographic security, and salary. Further analysis found that 94 of the 116 had at least one career anchor, and almost half of the principals were considered to have more than one anchor.

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Language: English
Date: 1996
School principals $z North Carolina
Career changes

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