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ERIC Number: ED298619
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Apr
Pages: 26
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Exploring District Culture: Administrators' Shared Values, Perceptions, and Beliefs of Their District's Management Model
Papalewis, Rosemary
This is an exploratory study of the administrative culture of an effective school district (as indicated by state and national recognitions). The findings indicate that a rich culture of shared values, perceptions, and beliefs pervades the administrative ranks at both district and school site levels. These findings suggest that symbolic language, coupled with myths and legends, contribute to the development of shared values in which administrators believe in the district as an "ideological system" and the superintendent as "symbolic chief." This implies that symbolic or cultural dimensions can contribute, in a variety of ways, to the overall effectiveness of a district's organization by increasing personal self-worth, motivation, and commitment. Extensive interviews with 70 percent of the district administrators were conducted. A key finding was the effects attributed to the motivational management style of the superintendent. Included are 21 references. (LMS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New Orleans, LA, April 5-9, 1988).