Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Education (MEd)


Educational Leadership

First Advisor

Dr. Mohamed Al Hosny

Second Advisor

Dr. Ali S. Ibrahim

Third Advisor

Dr. Ali Al Kaabi


The purposes of this study were to identify the constraint faced by the school principals of Al Ain Educational Office in the school decision-making process, examine the most important type of constraints (personal, organizational, or social) for school decision- making. Also, identify the impact of the following variables (gender, age, educational qualification, and the number of experience years) to make decision and suggest how to overcome the constraints from the point of view of the study sample. The researcher used the descriptive method. Data for the study were collected through the use of a questionnaire. The population of the study consists of public schools’ principals in Al Ain. They were (111) principals. The researcher has distributed questionnaire to all of them. The number of retrieved and valid questionnaires were (89). The following statistical techniques were used: frequency, percentages, arithmetic means, standard deviations, T test, and using analysis of variance (One-Way ANOVA).

The result from this research shows that there were personal, organizational and social constraints that preclude the school principal to make school decisions. The organizational constraints constituted the most effective ones in school decision-making process. The most significant of these constraints were the little authority vested with school principal, the weak support by ADEC to school principals, and rigidity of some of the educational laws, regulations and legislation. The personal constraints come next in terms of impeding school decision making, and these were as follows: frequent of burden on the school principal, psychological stress faced by the school principal, and the low of morale for teaching and administrative staff. The social obstacles come finally in terms of being one of school decision-making obstacles. The most social obstacle were the lack of leisure and entertainment opportunities, ineffectiveness of school councils and organizations in the performance of their role, and the weakness of school relationship with the community. There were also no differences of statistical significance between the averages of the study sample class based on the sex, qualification, experience, and age variables about the constraint faced by the school principals in the school decision-making process. Based on previous findings of the study, a several of recommendation are made and suggestion some future studies.