Date of Award

5-2017

Rights

© 2017 Carolyn Cormier

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)

Department

Educational Leadership

First Advisor

Grania Holman

Second Advisor

Corinna Crafton

Third Advisor

K. D. Maynard

Abstract

Educational leaders face difficult decisions on a regular basis. These decisions, often associated with educational leadership and organizational change, are influenced by a variety of factors including the leader’s personal spirituality. This phenomenological study explores the manner in which the personal spiritual beliefs of five New Hampshire public school principals influence their workplace decision-making. The purpose of the work is to describe the essence of the experience of having one’s personal spirituality influence educational decision-making in an effort to provide school leaders an opportunity for metacognition. Data analysis reveals that the participants’ personal spirituality provides purpose, integrity, and perspective to their decision-making processes on a continuous basis. This research has implications for school leaders and other professionals.

Comments

Ed.D. Dissertation

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