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Principals' Perceptions and Self-efficacy in Relation to School Security

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Date Issued:
2015
Abstract/Description:
Principals in the nation's schools have been tasked with managing crisis incidents that may occur with students and others on their campuses on a daily basis. The purposes of this study were to determine the differences, if any, that existed in Central Florida public school principals' perceptions regarding school security, their perceived confidence to address critical crisis incidents on their campuses, their perceptions of the likelihood critical incidents would occur, their perceptions of interaction with law enforcement, the critical incidents they fear the most, and their perceptions of factors impacting the incidents they fear the most. Principal subgroup mean responses to the Principal Safety and Security Perceptions Survey in the three areas of Bandura's (1997) triadic reciprocal causation were examined in the context of principals' gender, longevity, student enrollment, grade configuration, free and reduced lunch rate, presence of a law enforcement officer, and presence of a security plan. Findings revealed significant differences between categorical groups of principals in multiple areas. It was determined that significant differences in principals' perceptions warrant further study. Recommendations for practice include security policy development and practical application of noted trends.
Title: Principals' Perceptions and Self-efficacy in Relation to School Security.
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Name(s): Jones, Julian, Author
Taylor, Rosemarye, Committee Chair
Doherty, Walter, Committee Member
Kennedy, Mary, Committee Member
Wolf, Ross, Committee Member
University of Central Florida, Degree Grantor
Type of Resource: text
Date Issued: 2015
Publisher: University of Central Florida
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: Principals in the nation's schools have been tasked with managing crisis incidents that may occur with students and others on their campuses on a daily basis. The purposes of this study were to determine the differences, if any, that existed in Central Florida public school principals' perceptions regarding school security, their perceived confidence to address critical crisis incidents on their campuses, their perceptions of the likelihood critical incidents would occur, their perceptions of interaction with law enforcement, the critical incidents they fear the most, and their perceptions of factors impacting the incidents they fear the most. Principal subgroup mean responses to the Principal Safety and Security Perceptions Survey in the three areas of Bandura's (1997) triadic reciprocal causation were examined in the context of principals' gender, longevity, student enrollment, grade configuration, free and reduced lunch rate, presence of a law enforcement officer, and presence of a security plan. Findings revealed significant differences between categorical groups of principals in multiple areas. It was determined that significant differences in principals' perceptions warrant further study. Recommendations for practice include security policy development and practical application of noted trends.
Identifier: CFE0005636 (IID), ucf:50217 (fedora)
Note(s): 2015-05-01
Ed.D.
Education and Human Performance, Educational and Human Sciences
Doctoral
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Subject(s): principal -- school principal -- perceptions -- principal perceptions -- self-efficacy -- principal self-efficacy -- survey -- principal survey -- security -- safety -- school security -- school safety -- crisis -- school crisis -- schools and law enforcement -- principal confidence -- crisis likelihood -- principal fear -- campus safety -- campus security -- law enforcement partnerships -- law enforcement in schools -- school resource officer -- principal training -- principal professional development -- crisis management -- crisis prevention -- crisis response
Persistent Link to This Record: http://purl.flvc.org/ucf/fd/CFE0005636
Restrictions on Access: campus 2016-05-15
Host Institution: UCF

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