ERIC Number: ED341661
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
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Whatever Happened to Personality Studies of School Personnel?
Wesson, Linda Hampton; Burns, John L.
Schools are currently being asked to serve as a catalyst for change with respect to problems confronting children and families in the United States. A problem solving approach has been articulated in the national educational goals set forth in the America 2000 program, involving schools in a restructuring movement which calls for school personnel to have the personality attributes of flexibility, resilience, risk taking, collaboration, communication, and rejection of conventional stereotypes. The position of this paper is that studies of personality attributes of administrators, teachers, and counselors are lacking. The paper advocates that research studies be conducted, yielding information which can be utilized to enhance current practice and assist in preparation of career school personnel. Four major areas are discussed: (1) the significance of the interface between psychology and education; (2) a review of the literature on personality measures; (3) the nature of gender which may be associated with different educational roles; and (4) issues of obtaining participants and achieving a fit among sample size, statistical techniques, and sophistication of the findings desired. (LL)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
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Identifiers: America 2000; National Education Goals 1990