First Advisor

William D. Greenfield

Date of Publication


Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Educational Leadership


Educational Leadership and Policy




School business administrators -- Training of



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2, x, 183 leaves 28 cm.


A key element of a profession is a formalized training program. School business officials in the United States and Canada face dynamic and complex issues without a standardized training program. This study surveyed a representative group to validate a curriculum model developed by a 1988 task force funded by the Danforth Foundation. Another objective was to increase awareness of the need for an effective training program for school business officials and the most appropriate sources to implement that. As indicated in the analysis, all components of the ASBO/Danforth model were considered important to the parties surveyed. There was no single preferred source of training, but rather, a preference for a variety of sources. Finally, there is general agreement in the perceptions of those surveyed, regardless of roles or demographic distinctions. This presents strong evidence for a common body of knowledge and a consensus for the sources of professional training to gain that knowledge. As a result, recommendations for developing effective professional development for school business officials are presented both in general and by specific interest group.


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