Graduation Year


Document Type




Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

Degree Granting Department

Educational Leadership and Policy Studies

Major Professor

Vonzell Agosto, Ph.D.

Co-Major Professor

Zorka Karanxha, Ed.D.

Committee Member

Tanetha Grosland, Ph.D.

Committee Member

Deirdre Cobb-Roberts, Ph.D.


school administrators, collaboration, professional development, training


Current literature has investigated university-district partnerships in numerous ways; however, based on a review of the literature, no study has sought the insights of potential partners about the partnership arrangement prior to the start of the partnership agreement. The purpose of this study was to explore educational leadership practitioners’ understandings of partnership in principal preparation. This inquiry was guided by the following research questions: (a) How do educational stakeholders perceive the ideal partnership arrangement for the preparation of principals; and (b) In what ways do the perspectives of educational stakeholders reflect broader discourse about the quality of educational leadership preparation? A typology of partnerships for promoting innovation was employed as the conceptual framework for this study. The data generation methods included virtual interviews and a focus group with principals. This study will add to the literature on the role of partnership in educational leadership. The practitioners’ understood: (a) The preparation program/training would be best facilitated through a partnership; (b) Oral and written communication is vital to the establishment of the partnership; (c) The partnership should be representative of the people it will serve; and (d) Partners can achieve successes and overcome challenges when they collaborate and communicate. Implications for developing collaborative partnerships in the Bahamas are discussed and a recommendation for future research which focuses on the preparation of school administrators in all settings throughout the Bahamas is provided.