Degree Type

Dissertation

Date of Award

1991

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy

Department

Curriculum and Instruction

First Advisor

James E. Sweeney

Abstract

The major purpose of this study was to identify and analyze the factors utilized by superintendents in achieving their "personal best" in education. The data for this study were gathered from fifty-two superintendents from California, Iowa, Missouri, and New York during the months of December 1989 and January 1990. The superintendents each filled out and returned a "Personal Best Survey" from which the data for the study were gleaned;Major findings of this study include: (1) The most frequently used practices utilized by superintendents in achieving their personal best effort were delineated. The most frequently used practice reported by superintendents was to enable others to act. (2) The background and situational factors of the personal best efforts were identified and analyzed. The superintendents wrote regarding improving the climate most frequently in their personal best effort. (3) The superintendents' actions, regarding the success of their personal best effort, were categorized into the appropriate strategy utilized. (4) The superintendents were excited and fearful as they initiated their personal best effort and they were self-satisfied during its implementation. (5) Superintendents learned to lead from others, experience, and educational training. (6) The size of the district had no significant impact on how superintendents identified and analyzed factors in achieving their personal best effort.

DOI

https://doi.org/10.31274/rtd-180813-9228

Publisher

Digital Repository @ Iowa State University, http://lib.dr.iastate.edu/

Copyright Owner

David L. Long

Language

en

Proquest ID

AAI9126218

File Format

application/pdf

File Size

126 pages

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