ERIC Number: ED394776
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Mar
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Identifying Challenges to Rural Education: Role Clarification for Administrators.
Sullivan, Michael E.
A survey examined perceptions among superintendents, principals, and special education administrators concerning the role of the special education administrator in West Virginia school systems. All 55 county school superintendents, all 55 district-level special education administrators, and 150 public school principals were sent a survey consisting of 40 specific tasks organized under 7 administrative functions. Respondents indicated whether the person responsible for administering special education actually performed each task, and the degree of importance of the task. Responses were received from 40 (73%) superintendents, 55 special education administrators (100%), and 107 (71%) principals. For the majority of the tasks, the three groups shared common perceptions regarding their importance and implementation, with the superintendents and special education administrators showing the most congruence, followed by superintendents and principals. Special education administrators and principals showed the least congruence in perceptions, with significant differences of perception regarding performance occurring on 19 of the 40 tasks and on degree of importance for 17 tasks. This perceptual incongruence between special education administrators and principals indicates a potential for conflict, especially at the program implementation level, and may result in less effective delivery of services to students. An examination of tasks performed at the school level may determine whether this potential is actually realized. (TD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers: Special Education Directors; West Virginia
Note: In: Rural Goals 2000: Building Programs That Work; see RC 020 545.