Term of Award

Spring 2012

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

Paul M. Jr. Brinson

Committee Member 1

Linda M. Arthur

Committee Member 2

Teri Denlea Melton

Abstract

A wide range of decisions must be made in schools every day. Many of these decisions are made by administrators; however, teachers can and should be involved in decision-making at the school level. Teachers are professionals and should be provided the autonomy to make decisions that they believe are in the best interest of their students, schools, and profession. This research study surveyed certified elementary teachers to determine which types of decisions they desired to participate in making and to determine if years of teaching experience impacted teachers' willingness to participate in certain types of decisions. This study provides elementary school administrators with insight into the types of decisions that can be delegated to teachers that engage them in decision-making practices. This is a quantitative non-experimental study using a survey instrument, Teacher Decision Survey. Teachers clearly want to participate in decisions at the school level; however, they have varying decisions they desire. Evaluation, instructional coordination, and rules and discipline are decision types that teachers desire to participate in making. Findings indicate that there is a relationship between a teacher's years of experience and the types of decisions he/she desires to participate in making.

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