ERIC Number: ED330798
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Leadership Behaviors of Successful Vocational Education Administrators.
Finch, Curtis R.; And Others
The first part of a research effort to examine the utility of a leadership model (Moss and Liang 1990) identified leadership attributes needed by successful vocational administrators. In a follow-up to this research, state-level administrators in seven states were interviewed to nominate successful administrators. The top "ranked" administrators were interviewed, and each named six instructors. Thirty-nine administrators and 78 instructors were interviewed (in pursuance of the goal of interviewing 2 instructors working for each local administrator). Researchers used computer software called The Ethnograph to code, group, code again, and regroup information according to categories, attributes, and contexts. A coding system was established as a formal guide for interview analysis. Each interviewee described events in which an administrator was particularly effective. Administrators described an event in which, in hindsight, they would have altered their behavior. Of the 14 items generated, number 4, "implementing a self-selected change or improvement," was discussed by the highest number of interviewees. After behaviors from 272 event write-ups were coded, behavior statement texts were aggregated by individual code and analyzed to determine the extent to which they described potential leadership attribute statements. The remainder of the report discusses leadership behaviors in relation to the following seven attribute clusters: physical, intellectual, personal, ethical, human relations, management, and cognitive. (Thirty-one references are listed. Appendixes include a breakdown of the Moss and Liang Leader Attributes, interview schedules, and sample event write-up.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Administrator Effectiveness, Higher Education, Interviews, Leadership, Leadership Qualities, National Surveys, Secondary Education, Success, Vocational Directors, Vocational Education
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Vocational and Adult Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Center for Research in Vocational Education, Berkeley, CA.
Note: For a related document, see ED 325 645.