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This paper presents a research study that explored the nature of the cognitive preferences of school administrators. It offers insight into the school administrators' mode of information processing. The first of three sections concerns the informational centrality of school principals. Citations from the literature are used to present the ways administrators handle information. The second section gives background and discussion on cognitive preferences. The work of Heath (1964) and the development and modification of the Cognitive Preference Test provide the starting point for the study. The third section concerns the study of school principals' cognitive preferences. Discussed is the development of a Management Cognitive Preference questionnaire, its internal consistency, and its validation. The test was administered to 134 school administrators in Israel. The results were compared to those of previous studies to highlight similarities in the interrelationships among the different cognitive preferences. Tables include demographic information, the differences in cognitive preferences among school principals according to different role categories, intercorrelations of scores in cognitive preferences, and varimax factor analysis. Conclusions are tentative as the study is the first conducted with school administrators. (Contains 32 references.) (RR)

Descriptors: Administrators, Cognitive Processes, Cognitive Structures, Elementary Secondary Education, Foreign Countries, Information Processing, Principals

Author: Inbar, Dan E.


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