NotesFAQContact Us
Search Tips
Peer reviewed Peer reviewed
Direct linkDirect link
ERIC Number: EJ977460
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 22
ISSN: ISSN-0013-189X
Conceptual and Methodological Issues in Research on School Administrator Career Behavior
Farley-Ripple, Elizabeth N.; Solano, Paul L.; McDuffie, Mary Joan
Educational Researcher, v41 n6 p220-229 Aug-Sep 2012
Recent research has focused on issues of retention and turnover among K-12 school administrators, yet it fails to address some important complexities in administrator career paths. This article examines three conceptual and methodological issues in the current literature involving administrative turnover: the complexity of role and place in administrators' job transitions, job opportunity and choice open to administrators, and static versus dynamic approaches to assessing administrators' movement and retention. This evaluation includes empirical examples from the authors' study of administrator career paths in Delaware. The authors conclude that these issues have not yet been adequately acknowledged in the literature but that they have significant implications for how administrator career behavior is measured and understood for both research and policy. (Contains 3 notes and 2 tables.)
SAGE Publications. 2455 Teller Road, Thousand Oaks, CA 91320. Tel: 800-818-7243; Tel: 805-499-9774; Fax: 800-583-2665; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Delaware