The Necessary Job Competencies of Secondary School Principals as Perceived by Selected Texas Educators

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The problem of this study was to determine competencies which are necessary for effective administration by secondary school principals. The sources of data included a review of the literature and supplemental materials. The survey technique, employing a jury-validated questionnaire, was used to collect the perceptions of superintendents, principals, teachers, and college professors in the State of Texas. A total of 316 educators responded to the questionnaire. The development and findings of this study are presented in five chapters. Chapter I presents an introduction to the study. In Chapter II, a survey of the literature is reported. Chapter III contains details ... continued below

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Austin, Joe August 1974.

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The problem of this study was to determine competencies which are necessary for effective administration by secondary school principals. The sources of data included a review of the literature and supplemental materials. The survey technique, employing a jury-validated questionnaire, was used to collect the perceptions of superintendents, principals, teachers, and college professors in the State of Texas. A total of 316 educators responded to the questionnaire. The development and findings of this study are presented in five chapters. Chapter I presents an introduction to the study. In Chapter II, a survey of the literature is reported. Chapter III contains details of the procedures employed in collecting data for the study. Chapter IV presents the data gathered through the use of the questionnaire. Chapter V presents the summary, findings, conclusions, and recommendations resulting from the study. The study identified eight general areas of competency for secondary school principals. Those competency areas were (1) organization and administration, (2) curriculum design and improvement, (3) the instructional process, (4) business and financial management, (5) student management, (6) personnel management, (7) facilities, equipment, and supplies, and (8) communications. A total of ninety-five competencies was identified from the literature and from communications with college professors and practicing school administrators. The six-member jury panel validated ninety-one competencies for inclusion on the survey questionnaire. Eighty-eight of the ninety-one competencies submitted to the educator sample achieved the criterion level for acceptance. An analysis of variance procedure revealed that significant differences among group means appeared at the .01 level on eleven of the competency statements. The competency-based preparation and certification concept appears to be sound and to be in harmony with other movements in American education. Many operational aspects need additional refinement; however, the concept holds considerable promise for improvement upon the traditional approaches to the preparation and certification of educators. The movement is widespread and is gaining momentum rapidly. Competency-based programs are in operation in colleges and universities in over half of the states. Certain competencies are common to the various educator roles. It appears possible to identify those common competencies and to establish them as a core of educator competencies at the state or university level. The cognitive and psychomotor learning domains are quite visible in operative programs. Competencies in the affective learning domain are poorly developed in most cases. The following recommendations resulted from the study: (1) attempts to establish sets of competencies should include input from a broad cross-section of the education profession in each phase of development and validation, (2) additional research should be conducted to more precisely define those affective variables necessary for educator success, (3) a set of core competencies which are common to the various educator roles should be identified and validated, and the demonstration of competence in these areas should become requisite for all educators seeking certification, (4) the variable of time should become a larger part of competency-based programs, and participants who demonstrate minimum acceptable competence should not be required to remain in attendance for predetermined periods of time, (5) operative competency-based programs should include provision for continuous evaluation and modification based upon evaluation findings, and (6) each educator preparation institution in Texas should design and operate a competency-based program to determine feasibility of the approach at that institution.

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Austin, Joe. The Necessary Job Competencies of Secondary School Principals as Perceived by Selected Texas Educators, dissertation, August 1974; Denton, Texas. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc501054/: accessed October 24, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .