ERIC Number: ED328945
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990
The Superintendency and School Leadership. The National Center for School Leadership Project Report.
Crowson, Robert L.; Morris, Van Cleve
Current school restructuring experiments are likely to result in more balanced local education systems characterized by decentralized and centralized control. The potential leadership contributions of school district superintendents in a balanced system are described in this exploratory study, which is based on agency theory, a politics-oriented analysis of organization hierarchy. Interviews with 10 predominantly male elementary school superintendents and observation of 5 superintendents indicate that the allocation of responsibility for risk, understanding of the system as a whole, and integration of school district and community norms and values are important leadership contributions. (40 references) (LMI)
Descriptors: Administrator Responsibility, Administrator Role, Administrators, Centralization, Decentralization, Elementary Secondary Education, Leadership, Leadership Qualities, Organizational Communication, Organizational Theories, Public Relations, Risk, School Based Management, School District Reorganization, School Districts, School Restructuring, Superintendents, Vertical Organization
Publications, National Center for School Leadership, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 3325 Beckman, 405 N. Mathews, Urbana, IL 61801 ($10.00).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Center for School Leadership, Urbana, IL.; Illinois Univ., Urbana. Beckman Inst. for Advanced Science and Technology.