ERIC Number: ED367048
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Feb
Drawing a New Picture: Describing the Work of Exemplary Curriculum Directors.
Hamm, Jarold D.
This paper presents findings of a study that described the work of four exemplary district-level administrators for curriculum and instruction (curriculum directors). Data on the four curriculum directors in a northwestern state were derived through structured and unstructured interviews, participant observation, and document analysis. The work of the curriculum directors was synthesized into the following categories: (1) communication; (2) curriculum and instruction; (3) program responsibility; and (4) technical expertise. Contextual factors, which shaped the administrator's work, included internal, external, intrinsic, and time factors. Each of the directors utilized the following four different work styles to achieve organizational goals--situational leadership, support for change, respect for developmental levels, and effective planning. These administrators focused on the slow, deliberate process of creating a district-wide culture. Outcomes included an enriched curriculum, improved instruction, and a better educated staff. Findings indicate that the directors' visions corresponded with their immediate supervisors and their district's philosophy. Two tables are included. (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 Washington Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (Spokane, WA, February 3-5, 1994).