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ERIC Number: ED172457
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Jan-12
Reference Count: 0
Organizational Careers in Public School Administration.
Gaertner, Karen N.
An organization's employees can usually expect certain kinds of changes in their positions during the course of their careers. Careers usually begin in entry positions from which employees are promoted once sufficiently trained. Other positions are notable as positions for objective analysis of the employee's potential. Performance in such positions determines whether the employee advances in the hierarchy or is shunted off to a plateau position where little advancement can be expected or to an exit position from which the employee leaves the organization. A study of job histories over a five-year period (1968-73) for all of Michigan's public school employees except clerical and janitorial personnel permitted identification of public school career patterns. Supplemental data concerning the characteristics of the school systems and the populations of their districts helped in the description of these career patterns. Analysis revealed three basic career paths, described in some detail in this document. One path leads from the position of instructional/curricular supervisor through central office positions to the superintendency. A second path leads to the superintendency through secondary school administration. The third path leads to the principalship of the elementary school and rarely further. (Author/PGD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association (San Francisco, California, September 4-8, 1978)