Degree Name

EdD (Doctor of Education)


Educational Leadership

Date of Award

May 1994


The problem of this study was to determine if differences existed in the perceptions of elementary school principals regarding the amount of involvement parents, teachers, and principals had in school decision making. The study was one part of a more comprehensive project conducted in the First Tennessee Developmental District which also investigated parents' and teachers' perceptions of involvement. A questionnaire was developed to survey principals' perceptions of the actual and ideal level of involvement of parents, teachers, and principals in the areas of budget, curriculum, and personnel. A total of 95 principals (76%) returned the questionnaire. Based on the significant differences found, principals felt that parents, teachers, and principals should be more involved in each of the three areas studied. Conclusions from parallel studies regarding parents' and teachers' perceptions were similar. Principals, teachers, and parents would like to see more governance at the local school setting.

Document Type

Dissertation - unrestricted