ERIC Number: ED368539
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Apr
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Rural School Superintendents' Perception of State Department of Education Influence.
A survey of Ohio rural superintendents examined their perceptions of the methods by which the State of Ohio Department of Education influences public school districts. The Power Perception Profile, which classifies power into seven categories, was completed by 63 rural, 53 suburban, and 42 urban Ohio superintendents with reference to the state department of education. Rural superintendents ranked information power as the power method used most frequently by the department, followed by expert, coercive, legitimate, referent, reward, and connection power. Consistency of responses across school district type was high, although urban and suburban superintendents ranked expert power as the most frequently used strategy, and urban superintendents gave reward power a higher ranking than did rural and suburban superintendents. The findings were compared to Etzioni's Compliance Theory, which suggests that administrator use of normative, remunerative, or coercive power will result in predictable subordinate reactions, depending on organization type and other variables. The use of coercive power, as perceived by a large number of superintendents, is incongruous with normative organizations such as schools. Contains seven statistical tables. (SV)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
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Identifiers: Compliance Gaining Strategies; Ohio; Power Perception Profile; Power Strategies
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New Orleans, LA, April 4-8, 1994).