ERIC Number: ED029400
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968-Dec
Reference Count: 0
The Union Contract and Principal Leadership in New York City Schools.
Lutz, Frank W.; Evans, Seymour
To understand the effect of the union contract upon the leadership behavior of the urban principal, teacher-principal relationships in New York City were examined via observational and survey techniques. Gouldner's model of types of rule administration served as the impetus for the following central hypotheses: (1) Mock rule administration would develop positive sentiment and no tension. (2) representative rule administration would develop little tension but considerable positive sentiment, and (3) punishment centered rule administration would result in high tension and hostility. Observational data, gathered from two groups of NYC schools exhibiting two distinct leadership styles, was supportive of these hypotheses. Results of a questionnaire distributed to a random sample of teachers and principals in the Urban District, indicate that principals perceive the union contract as restricting their exercise of leadership t a much greater degree than do the teachers. This research, and recommendations stemming from it, should allow a principal to determine the type of rule administration that will result in the most efficient and desirable relationship between himself and the teacher. (JH)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Center for Urban Education, New York, NY.
Identifiers: New York City Board of Education