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Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)



First Advisor

Thomas Cy Coleman

First Committee Member

Gary N. Howells

Second Committee Member

Gaylord Nelson

Third Committee Member

Robert R. Hopkins

Fourth Committee Member

Roger Chapman


The purpose of this study was to compare the expectations as to the role and function of the country school superintendent of schools in California as perceived by county school superintendents and four of their referent groups. Specifically, and examination was made of the similarities and differences existing between and-or among the following two sets of data: (1) county superindendent’s perceptions of judgments about selected functions pertaining to their role as administrator and (2) the judgements or expectations of four referent groups, i.e., state legislators, county school boards, district school boards and district school superintendents. It was hypothesized that significant differences exist between the perceptions of county school superintendent and the expectations of these referent groups with respect to the role of the county school superintendent. The hypotheses were stated in the null form, that no differences exist. Further investigations were made as to differences existing between counties of different average daily attendance (county classifications II - VI). The need for the study centers largely on the fact that the public’s insistence upon accountability and efficiency demand constructive changes in the system. Increasingly, questions are being raised as to the possibilities of the role of the county school superintendency in California.



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