ERIC Number: ED376604
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Apr
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Low Profile, High Impact: Four Case Studies of High School Department Chairs Whose Transactions "Transform" Teachers and Administrators.
Wettersten, Jill A.
This paper explores the leadership strategies of four exemplary high school department chairs. It develops a model based on social-exchange theory to show how chairs, as middle managers, must satisfy the expectations of both teachers and administrators. Data were derived from a case study of department chairs identified as exemplary in four suburban high schools in a large midwestern metropolitan area. Findings indicated that reciprocal exchanges between administrators and chairs and between teachers and chairs included the communication of information, the delivery of services and rewards, and a display of confidence and trust. The exchange relationships alone were not "transactional" or "transformational"; rather, the consequences of the exchanges may be either. The heads were not described by their colleagues as high-profile, unusually stimulating, or charismatic. However, their work created opportunities for teacher leadership, teacher-initiated changes, and collegial relationships, which in turn facilitated loyalty, trust, and a sense of community. Six tables and one figure are included. (LMI)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New Orleans, LA, April 4-8, 1994).