ERIC Number: ED247655
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Professional Attractiveness, Inside Sponsorship, and Perceived Paternalism as Predictors of Upward Mobility of Public School Superintendents.
Fugua, Ann Bailey; Parks, David J.
For the purposes of this study, which examines the upward mobility of educational administrators, "upward mobility" is defined as a function of a combination of professional attractiveness and inside sponsorship operating in a paternalistic environment. The study tested four hypotheses within paternalistic school environments: (1) candidates with more professional attractiveness achieve faster; (2) candidates with more influential sponsorship achieve faster; (3) candidates with more professional attractiveness are more likely to have inside sponsorship; and (4) upward mobility is increased by professional attractiveness and inside sponsorship. The study sample included 252 administrators nationwide. Data were collected through use of the Questionnaire for Career Development of Educational Administrators. The study found that certain professional attractiveness variables had a positive relationship to rate of upward mobility, as did inside sponsorship and paternalism. Further research is recommended on the variables of inside sponsorship and paternalism, and on the variables of competence, leadership ability, successful past experience, personality, and luck. (MD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southern Regional Council on Educational Administration (Knoxville, TN, November 13-15, 1983).