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ERIC Number: ED168197
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
Pages: 12
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Leadership Competencies for Department Heads: Needed Areas for Inservice Education.
Weaver, Frances; Gordon, Jeffry
The purpose of this study of secondary school department heads was to measure their level of competency in relationship to the perceived importance of leadership responsibilities. Any information acquired could then serve as a basis for inservice programs directed at improving their competence. The instrument used to measure perceived discrepancies between importance and competence was a set of 30 tasks organized into four leadership categories: education, supervision, organization, and administration. A self-evaluation checklist was distributed to 76 secondary school department heads. Results showed a substantial difference between importance and competence in three areas: human relations, educational planning, and staffing management. Department heads judged these areas to be important, yet they consider themselves to be less competent than they would like to be in fulfilling them, which could make inservice programs desirable. Also, neither years of experience as a department head nor standard masters degree programs were shown to have any regressing effect on the differences between perceived importance versus competence. (Author/LD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A