ERIC Number: ED245307
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Apr
Reference Count: 0
The Values Guiding the Operational Practices of a Suburban Superintendent.
Aplin, Norita D.
Although the role of a superintendent has commonly involved a conflict between instructional leadership and business management, this dichotomy is apparently false; superintendents can effectively fill both roles. To explore this possible harmony of roles, one superintendent was studied who by reputation filled both roles very well. The superintendent was observed for 10 days; persons frequently in touch with him were interviewed; and documents recording his work were analyzed. The data were arranged according to categories of responsibility common to most superintendents, so that his practices could be compared to those of other administrators. The successful superintendent was found to maintain consistent practices in delegating responsibilities, in encouraging teamwork, and in facilitating communication among staff. Moreover, his educational goals were consistent and clear, in the areas of individualized learning, racial and sexual equity, and programming for exceptional children. Besides his own clarity and consistency, he influenced other administrators to adopt the same working style. (JW)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New Orleans, LA, April 23-27, 1984).