ERIC Number: ED318103
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Oct
Practitioners Reflect on the Future: A New Way To Examine the Knowledge Base Concerning Board-Superintendent Relationship.
Douglas, Daniel C.
Drawing from the theoretical background of Schon's concept of the "reflective practitioner," this study compares the ways in which superintendents and school board members view the future and examines their differing perceptions in order to identify possible loci of conflict between them. Board members and superintendents were asked to identify issues that they believed they would face over the next decade and to rank them in terms of relative importance. They were then asked to evaluate the issues as they pertained to themselves, the educational community, their own school district, and U.S. society as a whole. By examining the differences and similarities between the responses of superintendents and board members, potential areas of conflict are identified. For instance, while both superintendents and board members identified school finance as an area of major concern, superintendents placed a higher priority on staff development and planning for the future, while board members stressed such issues as collective bargaining and school community relations. (RJS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the University Council for Educational Administration (Scottsdale, AZ, October 27-29, 1989).