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ERIC Number: ED010088
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1966-Jan
Pages: 346
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
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PROCEDURES FOR IDENTIFYING PERSONS WITH POTENTIAL FOR PUBLIC SCHOOL ADMINISTRATIVE POSITIONS.
MORPHET, EDGAR L.; SCHULTZ, WILLIAM C.
INFORMATION WAS DEVELOPED ON THE INDIVIDUAL TRAITS OF PUBLIC SCHOOL ADMINISTRATORS (SPECIFICALLY SUPERINTENDENTS AND PRINCIPALS), THE DIMENSIONS OF SOCIAL SETTINGS SURROUNDING THEIR ACTIVITIES, AND CRITERIA OF ADMINISTRATIVE EFFECTIVENESS FOR THE PURPOSE OF COMBINING MEASURES OF THESE VARIABLES IN SUCH A WAY AS TO PREDICT ADMINISTRATIVE SUCCESS. THIS STUDY FOLLOWED AN EARLIER COOPERATIVE RESEARCH PROJECT (677) IDENTIFIED AS THE PILOT STUDY. BOTH STUDIES WERE CONDUCTED TO DEVELOP BETTER PROCEDURES THAN THOSE AVAILABLE FOR IDENTIFYING PERSONS WHO HAVE THE POTENTIAL CHARACTERISTICS AND ABILITIES NEEDED TO SERVE EFFECTIVELY IN ADMINISTRATIVE POSITIONS OF PUBLIC SCHOOLS. DATA FOR BOTH STUDIES WERE OBTAINED FROM OVER 7,000 PERSONS (ALMOST 5,850 IN THE LATER PROJECT) IN SCHOOL DISTRICTS THROUGHOUT THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA BY MEANS OF QUESTIONNAIRES AND INTERVIEWS AND FROM PREVIOUS WORK IN THE SUBJECT FIELD. THE LARGE SAMPLE OF PERSONS USED INCLUDED SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS, SUPERINTENDENTS, PRINCIPALS, OTHER SCHOOL STAFF MEMBERS, TEACHERS, AND PARENTS. THE HYPOTHESIS OF THE STUDY WAS THAT THE PREDICTABILITY OF ADMINISTRATIVE EFFECTIVENESS FROM INDIVIDUAL MEASURES IS ENHANCED SIGNIFICANTLY BY CONSIDERATIONS OF THE TYPE OF DISTRICTS IN WHICH AN ADMINISTRATOR WORKS. ACKNOWLEDGING CERTAIN SHORTCOMINGS DISCUSSED IN THE STUDY, THIS HYPOTHESIS WAS STRONGLY CONFIRMED. SUCCESSFUL ADMINISTRATORS SHOWED DIFFERENT CHARACTERISTIC IN DIFFERENT TYPES OF DISTRICTS OFTEN CONSISTENT WITH STEREOTYPES. FOR EXAMPLE, SOME ADMINISTRATORS REFLECTED THE PROVINCIALISM AND CONSERVATION OF A SMALL SCHOOL DISTRICT, OTHERS, THE MORE SOPHISTICATED ATTITUDES IN A SUBURBAN DISTRICT. VIRTUALLY ALL OF THE MEASURES DERIVED THEORETICALLY PROVED TO BE EMPIRICALLY POWERFUL PREDICTORS OF ADMINISTRATIVE SUCCESS. (JH)
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Authoring Institution: California Univ., Berkeley.
Identifiers: CALIFORNIA; California (Berkeley)