AN INVESTIGATION OF PUBLIC SCHOOL ADMINISTRATORS' ATTITUDEs THAT IMPACT SCHOOL BUDGET-BUILDING in THE united arab emirAtes

Open Access
Author:
Al Riyami, Rashid Musallam
Graduate Program:
Educational Leadership
Degree:
Doctor of Philosophy
Document Type:
Dissertation
Date of Defense:
April 19, 2016
Committee Members:
  • Dr Willam Hartman, Dissertation Advisor
Keywords:
  • School Budget
  • UAE
  • School Finance
Abstract:
This study examines K-12 public school administrators' attitudes and beliefs toward the public school budget-building process in emirate Abu Dhabi, UAE. This quantitative study examines the relationship between administrators' attitudes and adopted beliefs about school budget-building. Specifically, this study investigates if school administrators' backgrounds have an effect on administrators' attitudes and beliefs as it pertains to school budget-development in the UAE. Ninety-three kindergarten, primary, and secondary school-based administrators (principals and vice-principals) employed in 50 public schools throughout Al-Ain City (in Abu Dhabi), UAE participated in the study. A survey instrument consisting of 11 demographic and background items and 29 statements concerning school administrators' attitudes toward school budget-development and allocation was used to gather the data. Participants were asked to provide their attitude along a strongly agree/strongly disagree continuum. Public school budget-building in the UAE is developed by policy makers in the Ministry of Education (MOE). On-site school administrators are not involved in the budget-building process. The study is important for the formulation and implementation of school-based budget policies, and for the design of budget-development reform initiatives and budget-training programs supporting UAE school administrators to be more effective leaders.