Explorations in Role Analysis: Studies of the School Superintendency Role

Explorations in Role Analysis: Studies of the School Superintendency Role

Explorations in Role Analysis: Studies of the School Superintendency Role

Explorations in Role Analysis: Studies of the School Superintendency Role

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The analyses reported in this book explore the problems of consensus on role definition, conformity to expectations, and role-conflict resolution. To deal with these central problems of role analysis we found it necessary to reexamine the conceptualizations of role in the social science literature and certain postulates embedded in them. The family of role concepts at which we arrived posed a number of largely unrecognized operational problems. In this book, in addition to reporting our empirical research, we have examined these theoretical and operational complexities.

Although first drafts of certain sections of this book were assigned to one or another of the authors, each section went through several stages of major revision and detailed editing by all three authors with the consequence that the book may be viewed as a full collaborative effort. Without the assistance, however, of Marion L. Crowley, who contributed to nearly every phase of the research and the preparation of the manuscript, and of W. Douglas Brooks, whose advice was invaluable in my important methodological decisions, who supervised most of our statistical computations and in addition prepared Appendixes C and D, it is doubtful if the authors would have found their tasks as pleasant as they have been.

We are also especially indebted to Samuel A. Stouffer and M. Brewster Smith for their critical reading of an earlier draft of this volume. We also wish to express our appreciation to the following people who offered suggestions after reading sections of the book or individual chapters: Robert F. Bales, Leonard S. Cottrell, Jr., Donald R. Fagg, Francis Keppel, Clyde Kluckhohn, Theodore M. Newcomb, Talcott Parsons, Bryce Ryan, Israel Scheffler, David V. Tiedeman, and John W. M. Whiting.

For their patience and understanding we owe a sincere debt of gratitude to Pan Gross, Ursula Mason, and Elisabeth McEachern.

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