ERIC Number: ED111050
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Socialization Processes Among Administrative Candidates in Public Schools.
Greenfield, William D.
This exploratory study generated 14 hypotheses regarding behavior of administrative candidates, leading to the observation that during the process of candidacy a great deal of informal learning occurs that is not presently attended to by either formal preparation programs or by the processes and procedures through which educational administrators are certified. Also, the actual nature of the candidate's behavior varies systematically along both qualitative and quantitative dimensions during the period of anticipatory socialization. The concepts of anticipatory socialization, interpersonal orientation, perspective, situational adjustment, and organizational space provided the basic theoretical framework. Four contextual properties characterize the behavioral situation of candidates: (1) candidates were processed through this period of their career as individuals rather than as members of a group; (2) the organization tended to view this period as one in which candidates could be tested in "live" situtations; (3) the organizational role prescriptions for acceptable candidate behavior were ambiguous and not clearly specified, and (4) the behavior distances between candidates and members of the positive reference group varied systematically as a function of either individually initiated candidate behavior or organizationally directed changes in the role-set of candidates. (Author/DW)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (60th, Washington, D.C., March 30-April 3, 1975)