ERIC Number: ED200611
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Nov-21
Administrative Style as a Predictor of Evaluation Utilization.
Davis, Donna G.; Stecher, Brian
Data from interviews with elementary school principals are examined for insights into the impact of administrative style on evaluation utilization. Characteristics of 23 principals' administrative styles are classified as being either "compliance" (CO) or "non-compliance" (NCO) oriented. CO principals are characterized by the following: (1) focuses on implementing the policies of the Board of Education and on complying with federal guidelines; (2) has trouble identifying decisions made at the school site; (3) gives as reasons for decisions that they are program mandated; and (4) focuses on budgetary matters and other externally-monitored variables as factors leading to the decision. NCO principals are characterized by these factors: (1) views the school as an autonomous unit, with its own capabilities for decision making and problem solving; (2) readily identifies decisions that have been made locally; (3) gives internally generated data-based reasons for decisions; and (4) focuses on staff input as key decision variables. CO principals focus on the utilization of externally generated data, e.g. standardized test data, for evaluation activities, whereas NCO principals focus on the utilization of internally generated data from staff meetings, needs assessment, criterion referenced tests, etc. (RL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: California Univ., Los Angeles. Center for the Study of Evaluation.
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the California Educational Research Association (San Mateo, CA, November 21, 1980).