ERIC Number: ED383111
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Publication Date: 1995-May
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A Profile of the School Superintendency: Issues and Perceptions.
Webber, Charles F.
This paper presents findings of a study that investigated the concerns of Canadian superintendents. In a three-round modified Delphi design, an inventory of educational concerns was mailed to all 105 chief superintendents in a western Canadian province. A total of 76 superintendents responded in round 1 and 87 responded in round 2. They identified 70 educational issues that concerned them. Their top priorities focused on the areas of declining financial resources and planning for the future. School violence, vandalism, and racism were among the issues that received low-priority ratings. Respondents assigned relatively low-priority ratings to teacher burnout and teacher-work overload, which indicates the potential for conflict with teachers. From these areas of concern, the following themes emerged: power and control, special interest groups, student welfare, personnel development, instruction, resource allocation, program delivery, and school security. Despite the large number of concerns facing them, the superintendents did not express feelings of hopelessness or extreme frustration. The high response rate (83 percent) may indicate that superintendents want to be involved in the professional dialogue. Two tables are included. The appendix contains a sample of the inventory. (LMI)
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Note: Based on a paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Australian Association for Research in Education (Fremantle, Western Australia, Australia, November 21-25, 1993).