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Degree Name

Information Media - Education Media: M.S.


Information Media


School of Education

First Advisor

Jeanne Anderson

Second Advisor

Merton Thompson

Third Advisor

Frances Kayona

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License.


Media specialists have a unique role in K-12 schools today. They are one of few individuals in a school that works with the entire school and is linked with everyone. With this role come leadership opportunities. Principals hold the primary leadership role in a K-12 school and allow the media specialist these leadership opportunities. The areas that media specialists impact a school are: school-wide skills, curriculum leader, technology leader, instructional partner, administration collaboration, student achievement, and grants and budgets. This study focuses on media specialists and their roles in K-12 schools in Central Minnesota and how their principals value their role. The study focuses on the following questions:

1. To what extent do K-12 building principals perceive the overall value of media specialists with respect to their influence or impact on school improvement?

2. To what extent are media specialists perceived as leaders by building principals?

3. Does the perceived value of media specialists impact their role?



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