ERIC Number: ED123801
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Apr
Incumbent Defeat and Superintendent Turnover: From Assumptions to Explanatory Model and Practical Results.
Lutz, Frank W.
This paper describes the relationship among statistical research, ethnographic research, and practice, all of which combine to generate an explanatory model of school board incumbent defeat and superintendent turnover. The research process that incorporates these variables involves (1) careful ethnographic descriptions of important educational problems; (2) the development of explanatory models based on ethnographic research; (3) the formulation of testable hypotheses based on the explanatory model; (4) verification through statistical research to test the hypotheses; and (5) reform of the model based on new empirical findings. This process is intended to bridge the gap between social science research and practice. The process was applied to data collected in school districts in which school board members were elected on nonpartisan tickets. Verification studies of the explanatory model uncovered statistically significant relationships between selected social, economic, and political variables and school board incumbent defeat, and between school board incumbent defeat and superintendent involuntary turnover. Related research is summarized in EA 008 018. (Author/DS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (San Francisco, California, April 19-23, 1976); Related documents are EA 008 018, EA 008 186 and EA 008 367