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ERIC Number: ED468297
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Apr-1
Pages: 41
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Superintendent Turnover in Relationship to Incumbent School Board Member Defeat in Washington from 1993-2000: A Quantitative and Qualitative Analysis.
Alsbury, Thomas
Educational administrators have been aware of the effects of politics on the effective operation of schools since the political reform movement in the late 1800s and early 1900s. During this time of increased change and the demand for accountability, the ability to explain or anticipate political conflict in the community would be welcome by many administrators and school board members. This paper reports on a study conducted to determine whether the Dissatisfaction Theory of Democracy, which asserts that the governance of local school boards is a democratic process, can be used in describing the relationship between incumbent school board members' defeat and superintendent turnover. A postcard survey was mailed to 296 Washington State superintendents to obtain quantitative data, and qualitative data from interviews and document collection were collected in two school districts. Findings showed that more work needs to be done in using the Dissatisfaction Theory in that quantitative analysis will not yield reliable results if not used intelligently, though qualitative information may be more enlightening. It is recommended that longitudinal studies spanning at least 50 years be conducted and that researchers should continue to explore the best method of analyzing the statistical data gathered in Dissatisfaction Theory studies. (Contains 137 references.) (RT)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Washington