ERIC Number: ED328980
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990
Instructional Leadership Skills and Competencies of Public School Superintendents: Implications for Preparation Programs in a Climate of Shared Governance.
Herman, Janice L.
The instructional behaviors and related competencies of school superintendents and the contexts in which they occur are investigated in this qualitative study. Methodology involved grounded theory-based content analysis of indepth interviews with a reputationally identified sample of 48 Texas school superintendents. Analysis of behaviors produced 24 instructional competencies, 5 skill areas, 5 personal variables, and 10 situational variables, which were compared with current school-based management literature on leadership practices. A profile of a skilled and actively involved leader emerged, which conflicts with the administrator role described in educational administration literature. That leaders expressed a preference for independent, entrepreneurial action has implications for the implementation of shared governance plans, particularly when considering the leadership role of the superintendent in school-based management. An implication for administrator preparation and retraining programs is that collaborative process training should be provided. (75 references) (LMI)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Southern Regional Council on Educational Administration Conference (Atlanta, GA, November 11-13, 1990).