Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)
The Problem. The purpose of this study was to investigate the possibility that congruences and conflict surround group perceptions on task performance of building level supervisors in the area of Program Planning and Development (PPD). It was hypothesized that teachers, principals and curriculum specialists perceive the task performance of curriculum specialists in certain task areas in PPD with varying degrees of satisfaction and dissatisfaction.;Research Procedure. The subjects were 103 of 122 randomly selected teachers, 28 principals and 28 curriculum specialists in an urban school system. A 38-item PPD Questionnaire, developed by Nathaniel Lee and modified by the investigator, was used to collect data. Statistical tests employed to test the hypothesis were: (1) one-way analysis of variance followed with Scheffe Multiple Range comparisons to determine if significant differences existed between the groups of teachers, curriculum specialists and principals and (2) discriminant analysis (stepwise procedure) to determine the variables that discriminated "best" between the groups.;Findings. The hypothesis was accepted. There appear to be significant differences between teachers and curriculum specialists in such areas of PPD as Program Implementation and Program Supervision and between teachers and principals in such areas as Identification of Needs and Testing Program. There also appears to be a set of six individual tasks that discriminates "best" between the groups.;Conclusion. Although this study focused on supervision at the building level rather than central office level, the findings verified many of the discrepancies found in a majority of research studies assessing the conflict between teachers and central office supervisors. of the three groups, teachers appear to be least satisfied with the performance of curriculum specialists and principals appear to be most satisfied. However, the curriculum specialists reported less satisfaction with their own performance than did the principals, when reporting on this performance. Recommendations for further research are included.
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DeLoatch, Vasti, "An investigation of various group perceptions on task performance of curriculum specialists" (1981). Dissertations, Theses, and Masters Projects. Paper 1539618470.