Term of Award

Spring 1996

Degree Name

Doctor of Education in Educational Administration

Document Type and Release Option

Dissertation (restricted to Georgia Southern)


Department of Leadership, Technology, and Human Development

Committee Chair

Michael D. Richardson

Committee Member 1


Committee Member 2

Fred M. Page, Jr.


School-business partnerships have been analyzed, criticized and evaluated by many writers and researchers but seldom examined at the school site level. In this descriptive study, which is a replication with modifications of a previous study by W. E. Cummins, 314 Georgia secondary school principals were surveyed to determine their attitudes and awareness toward the school-business partnership process at the school site level. Respondents were compared by community size, geographic location, age, educational level, and experience level. The survey instrument was designed in a trifold pamphlet style and contained 24 items related to attitudes and awareness and 8 items requesting demographic and biographic information. Additionally, space was made available to enable respondents to provide related comments. Frequency counts and percentages were used to analyze responses and make comparisons.

Major findings included the following:

1. The majority of principals believed that schoolbusiness partnerships were a valuable asset to their schools and their attitudes were overwhelmingly favorable. 2. Principals statewide were very aware of the schoolbusiness partnership process.


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