ERIC Number: ED031781
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-May
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Career and Place Bound School Superintendents: Some Psychological Differences. A Project Report.
Carlson, Richard O.
To determine the distinctive psychological characteristics of career and place bound school superintendents, response data were analyzed from 83 full-time school superintendents in the State of Oregon, of whom 53 were classified as career bound and 30 as place bound. Attitudes, interests, values, aspirations, biographical background, leadership, and social activity were tested. Significant differences between the two groups had strong implications for their performances in the superintendency. Career bound superintendents saw themselves as more confident, optimistic, and progressive than did place bound superintendents. The decision to become a superintendent was made at an earlier age and at a lower level position by the career bound superintendent, and there was considerable evidence of career management to reach the superintendency in this group. The decision to accept the superintendency by the place bound group was frequently reported to be the result of being in the right place at the right time. At the time of their hiring, the career bound men more often perceived their role to be action oriented than did their place bound counterparts. A related document is EA 002 420. (Author/JK)
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Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Bureau of Research.
Authoring Institution: Oregon Univ., Eugene. Center for Advanced Study of Educational Administration.