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ADMINISTRATION BEHAVIOR OF SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENTS: A DESCRIPTIVE STUDY

PATRICK DUIGNAN (Lecturer in the Centre for Administrative Studies, University of New England. He holds the degrees of B.A. (Dublin), B.Ed., M.Ed.Admin. and ph.D. (Alberta). Dr. Duignan is interested in participant observation and its application to research in educational administration.)

Journal of Educational Administration

ISSN: 0957-8234

Article publication date: 1 January 1980

Abstract

What do school administrators do when discharging their administrative responsibilities? How do they spend their days? Their weeks? Their years? What constitutes the basic content of their administrative behavior? Despite decades of research in educational administration, we are unable to answer these deceptively simple, but fundamental questions. This lacuna in the literature provided encouragement for pursuing this present study as a relatively untapped approach to describing and analysing the administrative behavior of school superintendents. The central problem of the study was to observe and describe the actual on‐the‐job behavior of the superintendent of schools so as to develop a composite view of his administrative behavior.

Citation

DUIGNAN, P. (1980), "ADMINISTRATION BEHAVIOR OF SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENTS: A DESCRIPTIVE STUDY", Journal of Educational Administration, Vol. 18 No. 1, pp. 5-26. https://doi.org/10.1108/eb009813

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