Attitudes of Indiana school superintendents regarding the effects of futurology on selected public school functions

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dc.contributor.advisor Snyder, Jack F. en_US
dc.contributor.author Flynn, Richard F. (Richard Franklin), 1937- en_US
dc.coverage.spatial n-us-in en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2011-06-03T19:25:33Z
dc.date.available 2011-06-03T19:25:33Z
dc.date.created 1975 en_US
dc.date.issued 1975
dc.identifier LD2489.Z64 1975 .F59 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://cardinalscholar.bsu.edu/handle/handle/176199
dc.description.abstract The purpose of the study was to determine the current attitudes of Indiana public school superintendents regarding futurology and its effect on selected school functions. Specifically, the purposes were to determine the attitudes of superintendents relative to the following research questions.1. What is the attitude of superintendents relative to the inclusion of current futurological knowledge at all grade levels in the public schools?2. What is the attitude of the superintendents relative to a systematic application of futurological knowledge in the design of staff development programs for teachers and administrators in the public schools?3. What is the attitude of superintendents relative to futurological knowledge as a potential effect on instructional methods in the public schools?4. What is the attitude of superintendents relative to futurological knowledge which can influence decisions of the superintendent?Methods and procedures used to determine the attitudes of the superintendents were a pilot study and a resulting questionnaire. The pilot study was constructed for purposes of arriving at relevant items of future-knowledge which were to be representative of educational futures as they were ;appearing in the literature. The resulting questionnaire was sent to all Indiana public school superintendents to obtain an assessment of their current attitudes regarding forty items of futurology as such items affected selected public school functions.The participating superintendents were asked to indicate on a scale, the point which most accurately described their current attitude toward a given item as depicted in the literature of educational futurism. Means of the percentages were calculated to determine the percent of superintendents having formed attitudes regarding each of the research questions. In addition, means of all responses were calculated to arrive at attitudes of superintendents regarding futurology and its effect on selected school functions.Conclusions of the study were:1. Almost all responding Indiana public school superintendents were aware of educational futurism as a phenomena which they were at least willing to perceive.2. Approximately one-fourth of the superintendents in Indiana did not have sufficiently strong beliefs and/or opinions about educational futurism to have formed attitudes regarding the phenomena.3. Three-fourths of the schools in Indiana are being administered by superintendents who have formed attitudes regarding the effects of futurology on school functions.4. A small number (3 percent) of the superintendents rejected all items of future-knowledge as they presented in the study.5. A large percentage of the student population in Indiana are attending schools under the leadership of superintendents who have attitudes formed about the effects of futurology on school functions.6. Two-thirds of the superintendents had formed attitudes to a high enough level that they could intelligently design preferable futures for school organization patterns.7. Three-fourths of the superintendents indicated they had formed attitudes regarding futurology and instructional methods at a high enough level permitting them to intelligently aid in the design of alternative teaching methodologies for the future.8. Three-fourths of the superintendents indicated they had formed attitudes about futurology and in-service training to a high enough level permitting them to intelligently aid in the design of alternative futures for structuring new staff development programs.9. A little less than three-fourths of the superintendents indicated they had formed attitudes regarding futurology and the decision-making process. The superintendents indicated by their responses that they could design preferable means for arriving at decisions. en_US
dc.format.extent v, 148 leaves : ill. ; 28 cm. en_US
dc.source Virtual Press en_US
dc.subject.lcsh School superintendents -- Indiana. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Educational planning -- Indiana. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Forecasting. en_US
dc.title Attitudes of Indiana school superintendents regarding the effects of futurology on selected public school functions en_US
dc.description.degree Thesis (D. Ed.) en_US
dc.identifier.cardcat-url http://liblink.bsu.edu/catkey/414752 en_US


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