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Principal Churn: A Case Study on Principal Turnover and Strategies to Build Sustainability and Continuity

Daloisio, Jill (2017) Principal Churn: A Case Study on Principal Turnover and Strategies to Build Sustainability and Continuity. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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Each year, school districts across our nation face the burden of replacing 20 percent of the principal population (Goldring & Taie, 2014); the situation may place a financial burden on school districts, affect student achievement, and impact the school community. The purpose of this case study is to investigate a high rate of principal turnover in one school district. Specifically, this study identifies factors that influence principals to transition from their positions. Additionally, this case study also seeks to discover methods that school districts can use to support and retain principals. Two questions guide the study:
1. What factors influence Loysburg principals to transition from their position?
2. What methods or tactics could the Loysburg School District implement to support principals and increase the retention rate of principals?
Primary data for this research study will be collected through one-on-one interviews with former and current school principals of the school district at hand. Each participant served as a principal in the Loysburg School District for a period of time between July 1, 2004 and June 30, 2016. Twelve one-on-one interviews, each 60 minutes in length, were conducted and transcribed and analyzed to identify emerging themes across the district. I utilized a single-method approach with individual interviews and used qualitative data analysis techniques to examine the data for emerging themes.
The results of this case study may be beneficial to the Loysburg School District. Identifying the reasons for principal turnover may inform administrative teams (i.e., principals, superintendents, and school boards) for future planning. Those administrative teams could use these findings, in conjunction with other research, to improve the retention rate of principals. Given what the literature shows about the relationship between principal turnover and student achievement, financial costs school districts endure from turnover, and the impact principal turnover has on school climate and culture, addressing principal retention may yield benefits for the Loysburg School District and its stakeholders.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Daloisio, Jilljdaloisio90@yahoo.comjrd81
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairLongo, Gerard
Committee MemberKirk, Diane
Committee MemberVitale, Tracy
Date: 29 September 2017
Date Type: Publication
Defense Date: 21 August 2017
Approval Date: 29 September 2017
Submission Date: 29 September 2017
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Number of Pages: 134
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: Principal Turnover Principal Retention
Date Deposited: 29 Sep 2017 16:12
Last Modified: 29 Sep 2017 16:12


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