ERIC Number: ED163588
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-May
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Survey of Delaware Superintendents' KPU.
Fillos, Rita M.; Bailey, William J.
Since school superintendents' use of research findings appears to be poor, this study tried to determine superintendents' attitudes toward and utilization of educational research. A questionnaire was sent to 40 superintendents and deputy and assistant superintendents in Delaware. Return rate was 57.5 percent. Findings indicate that superintendents are capable of understanding and using the findings of educational research. Most use research reports for general background rather than for making a specific decision. The most popular source of research information comes from two journals--"Phi Delta Kappan" and "American Educational Research Journal." Almost half believe that political pressure rather than educational research is the prime motivator for educational change. The superintendents complain that research results are presented in poor form to aid decision-making. Researchers concluded that educational research will be used by superintendents only when it increases their power, and that they are seldom in a position to make decisions based on the fine points of research data. Courses and inservice training are needed to show use of research as an administrative tool. Furthermore, the person most likely to be in a position to use research findings is a supervisor, director, or principal rather than a superintendent. (Author/JM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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