ERIC Number: ED318077
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Apr
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An Examination of Maine's New Certification Support System As It Relates to Administrator Perceptions of Their Effectiveness.
Richards, William H.; Robinson, Mary E.
Maine's 1985 Administrator Certification Law crafted new preservice, induction, and professional development expectations keyed to 12 competency areas. Between 1986-1988, three pilot sites were established to assess the efficacy of the competencies and test a new procedure linking renewal to an administrator support system based on three interrelated components (needs assessment, action plan, and mentoring). Maine's conceptual framework for creating the 12 generic competencies is supported by the leadership literature. The state's administrator support system is a collegial assistance model resembling research-based mentor programs for new administrators. This study examines how the support system and its three components influenced administrators' perceptions of their effectiveness in each of the 12 competency areas. The sample consisted of 30 practicing administrators who had participated in 2 of the 3 pilot projects. Since only 16 administrators successfully completed and returned the questionnaire, study results are inconclusive. Most mean scores regressed toward the moderate effect range. The three treatment variables (components) appear to have the highest impact on administrators' perceptions of their effectiveness in supervision and evaluation. Attachments include a sample questionnaire (Appendix A) and various data tables (Appendix B). (11 references) (MLH)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
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Identifiers - Location: Maine