ERIC Number: ED277148
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Apr
Reference Count: 0
The Woman in the Principal's Office.
This paper is based on a descriptive study of six elementary school secretaries. The study was undertaken to gain an understanding of the work of the school secretary and how this work might contribute to school effectiveness. Several research methods were combined in this study: onsite observations, interviews with secretaries and their principals, a national survey of elementary school secretaries, and content analyses of job descriptions and of textbooks used in educational administration courses. Data were analyzed separately for each method and then integrated across methods. A comparison of the portraits that emerged from each data set led to three conclusions: (1) there was a high degree of congruence across the data generated from the secretaries themselves; (2) there was a high degree of congruence between these data and the data gathered from elementary school principals; and (3) there was a high degree of discrepancy between the data gathered directly from elementary school secretaries and their principals and the data extracted from job descriptions and textbooks. These similarities and discrepancies are analyzed in the conclusions. (Author/IW)
Descriptors: Elementary Education, Interprofessional Relationship, Job Analysis, Job Performance, Job Satisfaction, Job Skills, Occupational Information, Organizational Objectives, Principals, Professional Recognition, Role Perception, Salaries, School Effectiveness, School Organization, School Secretaries, Textbook Content, Work Environment
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (67th, San Francisco, CA, April 16-20, 1986).