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ERIC Number: ED265615
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Apr
Pages: 57
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Decision Making of Public School Superintendents: The Involvement of Subordinates and Others.
Sorenson, Larry Dean
Public school superintendents consider situational and organizational variables when determining whether to involve others in decision-making processes. A sample of 240 superintendents from Washington, Oregon, and Idaho were sent the Situational Administrative Decision-Making Inventory. The sample was evenly divided geographically and by district size. The 184 respondents were presented with representative situations drawn from six topic categories: business, instruction, personnel relations, student relations, community relations, and noninstructional operations. Each situation included a short, medium, or long decision-making time frame. Respondents were asked to characterize each situation according to the extent to which they would make their decisions alone or with some degree of participation by others. The results were examined using analysis of variance. The data revealed that participatory modes were used more when time frames were longer and when districts were larger. Mean scores for the different situations suggested that only in rare cases do superintendents feel called upon to include others in decision-making formally, and even more rarely do they act with only minimal advice. The great majority of decisions, under all types of time constraints, tend to be made after a significant amount of input has been sought through informal means. (PGD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Researchers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Idaho; Oregon; Washington