ERIC Number: ED281284
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Apr
Reference Count: 0
The Administrative Team, Trust & Gender.
Garfinkel, Elliot Z.
This paper describes the first phase of a research study that examined (1) how superintendents define and select their administrative teams; (2) how team values are conceptualized by superintendents; (3) how "trust" is defined and its value perceived by superintendents; and (4) whether or not gender influences the way superintendents define "team" and "trust." The paper begins by citing previous research on differences between men's and women's understandings of the team concept. The potential impact of these differences on men's and women's abilities to trust each other is noted. The paper then describes the study methodology, explaining the selection of the five male and five female superintendents studied, their professional backgrounds, the nature of the interviews to which they submitted, the makeup of their administrative teams, and their stated reasons for selecting male or female team members. The next section of the paper reviews their definitions of the team concept and relates these definitions to gender-specific definitions identified in previous research. The final section of the paper reviews definitions of trust provided by the superintendents and examines the importance they set on trust as a team value. Eleven references are cited. (PGD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Washington, DC, April 20-24, 1987).