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ERIC Number: ED122385
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1976-Apr
Pages: 21
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Mid-Career Socialization of Educational Administrators.
Ortiz, Flora Ida
This paper examines the career patterns of educational administrators in order to identify socialization processes and consequences in public school systems. Section 1 presents a review of the literature dealing with school career socialization, including studies of the career patterns of both teachers and administrators; section 2 examines research dealing with the mid-career socialization of school administrators; and section 3 presents the author's conclusions regarding administrative careers in public school systems. Three administrative career patterns are identified, including (1) principalship positions that mature bureaucratic characteristics; (2) central office positions that are adjusted to reflect the office holder's professionalism and organizational unanimity, and (3) aspiring superintendents who engage in activities that ensure movement towards the ultimate goal of the superintendency. The author concludes that administrators' perspectives and behaviors are systematically formed by the nature of the vulnerability of the school organization, by the nature of the service functions the schools perform, and by the nature of the career options available in school administration. (Author/JG)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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