ERIC Number: ED243151
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Aug
Reference Count: 0
High School Principals' and Newspaper Advisers' Evaluations of the Important Characteristics for Newspaper Advisers.
Dodd, Julie E.
More than 200 high school principals and 175 school newspaper advisers responded to a survey that examined the similarities and differences in the two groups' evaluations of the important characteristics for newspaper advisers. The respondents supplied information concerning their schools and newspapers, their journalism training, and conflicts that had occurred between advisers and principals during the past year. In addition, they ranked personality characteristics and interpersonal communication skills on a specially prepared scale. Results indicated that (1) neither the adviser's nor principal's background in journalism affected his or her perception of the importance of advisers being certified in journalism; (2) advisers with journalism training were more likely to have conflicts with their publication staff members than those with no such training; (3) the more college journalism training an adviser had, the greater likelihood that he or she would have conflicts with the school administration; (4) in ranking training characteristics for advisers, principals ranked teaching certification and college grades as much more important than did the advisers, who gave higher rankings to skills they would actually use in advising a newspaper staff, and (6) in ranking personality traits, principals selected "supports school philosophy" and "understands community mores" as most important, while advisers chose "assertiveness" as most important. (FL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (67th, Gainesville, FL, August 5-8, 1984).