ERIC Number: ED360725
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Apr
Leadership Strategies of Exemplary High School Department Chairs: Four Case Studies of Successful "Middle Managers."
Wettersten, Jill A.
This paper presents findings of case studies that applied social exchange theory to examine the instructional leadership roles of four exemplary high school department chairs. Data were gathered at four suburban high schools in a large metropolitan area of the midwestern United States using the methods of observation and interviews with the chairs, teachers, administrators, and other building chairs. Findings indicate that the chairs engaged in similar leadership practices as middle managers within their different high school environments. The chairs maintained constant communication with administrators and teachers, delivered services and rewards, practiced collegiality, and treated teachers and administrators with respect, fairness, and sensitivity. Finally, by skillfully utilizing the exchange process, chairs acquired considerable informal authority that they used to carry out their tasks. Five tables and one figure are included. (Contains 52 references.) (LMI)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Atlanta, GA, April 12-16, 1993).