Degree Name

EdD (Doctor of Education)


Educational Leadership

Date of Award

May 1988


The problem of this study was to determine the current methodologies used by selected secondary school personnel in early problem detection as the basis for development of generic detection paradigms. The sample size of this study consisted of 48 principals, 46 guidance counselors, and 347 classroom teachers. The principal of each secondary school in the study area was selected for inclusion in the study, and the guidance department chairman of each secondary school was selected for inclusion in the study, while the teachers were randomly selected for inclusion in the study. The total group was described based on demographic data. The F test for independent samples and analysis of variances were used for statistical analysis. Twenty problems with a total of 61 indicators were analyzed by the use of mean scores for each sample group calculated for test purposes. The total mean score for each indicator was calculated to rank the indicators in the paradigms. There was general agreement among school personnel about the indicators listed as being indicative of the 20 problems listed by the jury members. It was also concluded that there was very little association between the persons' job titles and their mean perceptional score on each problem.

Document Type

Dissertation - unrestricted