ERIC Number: ED314847
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Apr
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Knowing What To Do and Why: Testing an Assumption about Learning the Basics of Administration.
Blumberg, Arthur; Jerome, Brian
Experience and its accompanying memory development of "what to do" is the school administrator's best teacher. This study attempts to answer the question of where it is that the core learning of the school administrator take place. An attempt is made to develop the beginning of an empirical base for the idea that such "accountable know-how" is already in place long before a person becomes an administrator. The sample consisted of three groups: undergraduates, teachers, and principals. Instrumentation consisted of a case study dealing with a leadership problem of a high school principal plus a brief response sheet that asked a person what he/she, as principal, would or would not do and why, in order to resolve the dilemma administered to the sample group. Findings indicate that organizational and role experience play a part in the thinking of principals in a way different from that of teachers and undergraduates. (SI)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Boston, MA, April 16-20, 1990).