ERIC Number: ED203522
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Apr
Reference Count: 0
The Role of Authoritarianism and Deference in the Selection of School Administrators.
Lutz, Frank W.; Fallinger, David L.
A survey of 47 Pennsylvania school districts examined the traits of deference and authoritarianism among educators and investigated the relationship between these two psychological qualities and school administrative promotion. Questionnaires returned by 493 school administrators and teachers measured each respondent's degrees of authoritarianism and deference and recorded data on their sex, age, marital status, organizational rank, and educational experience. The results showed that school administrators at higher organizational levels were not more authoritarian. They also showed that deferent individuals tended to be authoritarian and, more important, of high organizational rank. Further, although women tended to be more deferent than males, they were significantly under-represented among school administrators, indicating a possible sex bias in the selection of administrators. (Author/RW)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Deference; Pennsylvania
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Los Angeles, CA, April 13-17, 1981).