Extraordinary educators: lessons in leadership
Phi Delta Kappa Educational Foundations, 1988 - Biography & Autobiography - 38 pages
Profiles are presented of six superior educators whose students achieved an excellence far beyond what might be expected of them. The subjects were a speech and drama teacher, a girls' basketball coach, a choral music teacher, an art teacher, and principals of an elementary and a secondary school. The major finding of the study was that, without exception, these leaders gave a high number of correctives. Any deviations, even minor ones, from their high standards were corrected quickly, and not infrequently very sharply. Other significant findings were: (1) they were purposive, demanding perfectionists; (2) they had a sense of humor and tended toward self-deprecation; (3) they gave only a limited amount of praise; (4) they stressed self-discipline, responsibility, and always doing one's best; (5) they attained a high amount of time on task; and (6) they were very family oriented. Comparisons are made between the characteristics of these educators and leaders in the business world. Recommendations are made for teacher and administrator education. (JD)
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