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This paper explored factors that influence school administrator’s decision to join and maintain membership in a professional association. In addition, factors that influence school administrator’s decision not to join a professional association was also explored. The research showed the relationship between, age, gender, dues payment, attitude and importance of benefits. Results from this study will be significant to recruitment and retention for professional educational associations such as the Nebraska Council of School Administrators (NCSA). In addition, information gathered from open-ended questions as well as other survey questions from both members and non-members helped the researcher determine other challenges that have an impact on school administrators and their field that are not being addressed by the association currently.
The data suggests there is a relationship with regard to age and gender. Members were older than nonmembers and members are more male than female. The results of the study indicated payment of dues was a factor when deciding to join or maintain membership in a professional association. In addition, the study illustrated attitudes towards association are not a factor when deciding to join or maintain membership in professional associations. There was a relationship between “importance of benefits” for members and nonmembers of a professional association. Additional research is needed in order to further determine the relationship between benefits and involvement in a professional association.
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