The Superintendent's Job

Misner, Paul J.
September 1963
Education Digest;Sep1963, Vol. 29 Issue 1, p26
The article focuses on various aspects of school administrators and superintendents' job. Unlike that of teachers, the superintendent's job cannot be well-defined. What the superintendent is called on to do in one type of community bears little resemblance to what he is called on to do in another. Furthermore, the problems of one period are not those of another. A man may make a good president, for example, in one period and be quite unsuitable in another. Studies have been made seeking to identify the specialized skills and knowledge, essential for effective educational leadership. Despite these studies it is impossible to identify the specialized competencies that are essential to effective leadership on the part of college and university presidents. As the needs for specialized training of administrators have been identified, leading colleges and universities have been developing graduate programs designed for better preparation of both prospective and practicing school administrators for the new dimensions of leadership with which they are confronted.


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