ERIC Number: ED479800
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002-Oct-18
What Motivates Someone To Become a Superintendent?
Sharp, William L.; Malone, Bobby G.; Walter, James K.
This report describes a study that examined the superintendency in American public schools. It begins with an overview of the current state of the superintendency, focusing on the pressures of the job, the high turnover rate among superintendents, and the lack of qualified candidates to fill openings. The report continues with a brief review of the literature, noting that the literature is not clear concerning job satisfaction and motivational features of the superintendency. The report concludes with the results of a survey of a selected sample of superintendents in Illinois (46), Indiana (20), and Texas (53). The superintendents were asked what motivated them to become a superintendent. They were given 13 statements as possible reasons for their motivation to become a superintendent. Of the 13 statements, the one most chosen (by 95 percent of those surveyed) was "I thought I could make a difference." The least chosen statement (by 12.8 percent) was "I had paid my dues." Regarding job satisfaction, 41.2 percent of the superintendents surveyed said that their job satisfaction was "very high"; 1.6 percent rated their job satisfaction as "low" or "very low." (Contains 21 references.) (WFA)
Descriptors: Administrative Change, Administrator Attitudes, Administrator Behavior, Administrator Characteristics, Administrator Qualifications, Administrator Responsibility, Educational Administration, Elementary Secondary Education, Instructional Leadership, Managerial Occupations, Occupational Information, Superintendents
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Mid-Western Educational Research Association (Columbus, OH, October 16-19, 2002).