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Principal Perceptions of Professional Development

McCracken, Natalie A. (2017) Principal Perceptions of Professional Development. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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This case study research sought to understand the professional development perceptions and experiences of the principals from the researcher’s school district. The document explains the federal and state legislation regarding professional development and the variety of frameworks for evaluating the effectiveness of professional development experiences. Specifically, the following research questions were investigated in the study: What do principals identify as important characteristics of professional learning? How do principals describe the relationship between important characteristics of professional learning and their experience in a district-provided professional development program? And how do principals view the impact of their professional development experiences on their professional knowledge, attitudes, and practice? Administrators from the school district were interviewed about their perceptions of and experiences with professional learning. The findings from the study informed the researcher about the professional development perceptions and experiences of the principals and administrators in the district. The findings may also potentially inform central office administrators and those responsible for providing professional development for school principals and may further add to the literature on the topic.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
McCracken, Natalie A.nam81@pitt.edunam81
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairTananis,
Committee MemberKirk,
Committee MemberRussell,
Committee MemberPerry,
Date: 11 May 2017
Date Type: Publication
Defense Date: 22 March 2017
Approval Date: 11 May 2017
Submission Date: 25 April 2017
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Number of Pages: 181
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Education > Administrative and Policy Studies
Degree: EdD - Doctor of Education
Thesis Type: Doctoral Dissertation
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: Professional Development Principal Central Office Administrator Core Features Framework Content
Date Deposited: 11 May 2017 17:24
Last Modified: 11 May 2017 17:24


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