K-12 Dissertation Abstracts
The Educational Administration Department is pleased to present a compilation of Dissertation Abstracts from the HALE Ph.D. and K-12 Educational Administration Ph.D. programs. These abstracts represent the rich and dynamic community of scholars in EAD. The research presented reflects the wide range topics that emerge from a local as well as global perspective on postsecondary education and educational leadership. In reviewing these abstracts we hope you will learn about the interesting research that goes on in the EAD doctoral programs.
K-12 Educational Administration
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David E. Phillips (2011)
Advisor: Dr. Phillip Cusick
Every administrative action a principal will take is reduced to a decision. These decisions
are made in an arena of overlapping moralities stemming from the organizational morality in
concert with his/her personal morality. As Barnard stated, it is impossible to divorce one from
the other. The purpose of this study was to attempt to describe and explain the personal and
professional moral codes considered by a set of school administrators as they make decisions.
This descriptive study examines the contributing experiences of 25 principals' backgrounds
influencing the development and establishment of their personal moral code. The study also
considers the role professional codes contribute to principal decisions. To establish a
theoretical foundation for the project, the study explores the views of Hebert Simon, Immanuel
Kant and Henri Bergson. The three views describe morality from differing perspectives: Simon
from an organization view, Kant's perspective duty‐based morality, and Bergson's description of
Open and Closed morality. Correlations are drawn from scenarios shared by principals as to
which theory decisions represented. The majority of the principals in this study came from hard
working, modest backgrounds, where upward mobility and a ferocious belief in the power of
education are common themes in their upbringing. Principals consider themselves an important
piece of the school organization. In reality, they are a good "fit" for leading the institution of
schooling. The study concludes that in most circumstances, principals' personal morality and
organizational morality mesh to support safety, learning and efficiency in managing schools.