Term of Award

Spring 2006

Degree Name

Doctor of Education in Education Administration (Ed.D.)

Document Type and Release Option

Dissertation (open access)

Department

Department of Leadership, Technology, and Human Development

Committee Chair

Walter Polka

Committee Member 1

Meta Harris

Committee Member 2

A. Tekleselassie

Committee Member 3

F. Erik Brooks

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to examine Georgia school principals' perceptions of the impact of school facilities on student achievement. This study became the focus of the researcher's attention after working in an elementary school in Decatur, Georgia, for three years and personally visiting some other schools, some of which were in excellent condition and others which were in need of serious renovation or reconstruction. After conducting a thorough review of literature in the area of school facilities and student achievement, the researcher became aware of the important connection between school facilities and academic achievement. The vast amount of literature that was available examined the relationship between the conditions of learning environments and how students are affected by them academically. The method of data collection included structured interviews conducted with school principals, development of school portraitures for each respective school and on-site observation of each school facility by the researcher. The responses from the structured interviews were reported in narrative form.

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