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Buying Behaviors of K-12 School Administrators: Private Consumption Versus Public Investment

Dirda, Natasha (2020) Buying Behaviors of K-12 School Administrators: Private Consumption Versus Public Investment. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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School administrators are faced with many complex situations and are required to make decisions to best address the needs of their students and school community. As school resources and funds are finite, school administrators are tasked with making investment decisions that will most effectively impact their school systems. These decisions are made without school administrators being required to fulfill any standards in the field of economics. No literature was found that relates the field of economics to public education. The study will assess and teach basic knowledge of economic theories and also examine how K-12 administrators apply this knowledge through simulated case studies about purchasing and investment decisions made within educational systems.

The study design consisted of an analysis of a pre/post-test and case studies to determine what school administrators know about private consumption and public investment and if their knowledge about these concepts increased following a 90-minute workshop. Participants also shared suggestions for future workshops. The participants included 11 school administrators who were enrolled in a doctoral school finance course at the University of Pittsburgh. The pre/post-tests and case study responses were analyzed to determine if their literacy of economics increased over the workshop session and to establish baseline information regarding school administrators’ knowledge of these concepts. The study established that administrators increased their understanding of economics, private consumption, and public investment. The findings from this study may also be used as rationale for post-secondary institutions and school systems to create requirements in coursework and professional development opportunities as the participants verified their lack of knowledge in this area and therefore the need for further exposure to these concepts in the future.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Dirda, Natashankd12@pitt.eduNKD12
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairKerr, Mary
Committee MemberWeiss,
Committee MemberTrovato,
Date: 2 August 2020
Defense Date: 4 June 2020
Approval Date: 2 September 2020
Submission Date: 2 August 2020
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Number of Pages: 73
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: Private Consumption Public Investment K-12 School Systems Administrators Buying Behaviors Economics and Education
Date Deposited: 02 Sep 2020 15:03
Last Modified: 02 Sep 2020 15:03


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