ERIC Number: ED025655
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968
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An Analysis of Factors Associated with Perception of Role by State Supervisors of Vocational Education.
Magisos, Joel Hans
To develop a basis for understanding the relationships between change orientation of state supervisors of vocational education and selected individual, intraorganizational, and extraorganizational factors, 12 major hypotheses and 63 pairs of null and alternative hypotheses were formulated upon the basis of a theoretical framework. Responses to a mailed questionnaire were obtained from 191 of 224 state division personnel in eight states randomly selected from two size-strata of a 31-state study population. Kolmogorov-Smirnov, chi-square, and Spearman coefficient of correlation were utilized in statistical analysis. Supervisors at higher job levels were found to be more dynamic. More dynamic supervisors (1) had more education, more college degrees, more returns to college after entering professional education, (2) had a higher perception of their salaries relative to others in the nation, (3) were more likely to have lived in smaller communities during elementary and high school, (4) were currently working in state divisions without personnel selection policies, and (5) were found to be female. It was generally concluded that state supervisors valued dynamic supervisory behavior, but differed within and between job level categories and state supervisory staffs. Further research to identify, cluster, and measure independent variables within this and other theoretical frameworks for study of orientation, behavior, and interaction of supervisors were suggested. (DM)
Descriptors: Administrator Attitudes, Attitude Change, Behavior Change, Doctoral Dissertations, Educational Change, Individual Characteristics, Leadership Styles, Organizational Climate, Questionnaires, Role Perception, State Departments of Education, State Supervisors, Vocational Education
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