ERIC Number: ED435131
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-Apr
The Impact of Work Values and Principal Job Attributes on Principal Selection Decisions.
Winter, Paul A.; McCabe, Donna H.; Newton, Rose Mary
This paper examines teachers' principal-selection decisions. It is based on a study of teachers serving on school councils in Kentucky, where teachers, as members of local school councils, are empowered by reform legislation to participate in hiring decisions. The article reviews the related literature, including values theory, work values measurement, work values in education administration, selection research in education administration, and principal job attributes, and then describes the mechanism of the study on which the report is based. The study participants (N=169) were experienced teachers enrolled in graduate-education courses at a large research university in Kentucky. The study examined the effects of two between-groups factors (teacher school level and teacher dominant work value) and two within-groups factors (principal dominant work value and principal job attributes). The study participants rated each principal candidate--each rating served as a dependent variable. Findings show that teachers preferred candidates with whom they shared a dominant work value. Elementary and middle-school teachers preferred candidates oriented toward instructional leadership, whereas high school teachers preferred candidates oriented toward management. The findings suggest that teachers on school councils may need training support when called upon to participate in administrative decisions. (Contains 31 references.) (RJM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (San Diego, CA, April 13-17, 1998).