Date of Award


Degree Type


University or Center

Atlanta University (AU)

Degree Name


Department of Administration and Supervision


Using Carl Glickman's model, the purpose of this study was to examine the effect computer assisted instruction had in teaching Developmental Supervision. The research expectancies were to yield improved supervisory behavior and conceptual understandings of Developmental Supervision, in the areas of style flexibility and style effectiveness. A synopsis of pertinent literature in these areas suggests that the supervisory role of school administrators need style flexibility, .style effectiveness, and the use of technology, computer assisted instruction, as a major component in educational improvement. Thirty-two (N = 32) administrators from a large metropolitan public school system in the south were randomly selected for participation in this study. The subjects were randomly assigned to the control group and experimental group, 16 and 16, respectively. The treatment utilized a three-session workshop format for the experimental group and no treatment was administered to the control group. Using a pre-test post-test design, both groups were administered the pre-test, Leadership Behavior Analysis II, during the first session. During the second session, the control group was given a placebo. The administration of the treatment was conducted by computer assisted instruction for the experimental group only. The disk began with the Supervisory Beliefs Inventory, individually, to ascertain their actual supervisory style; collaborative, directive or nondirective. The second section of the disk addressed training in supervisory style, teacher maturity, and the methodology needed to aid teachers to developmentally improve. The third session was in two parts: The beginning session for the experimental group was a discussion of the Developmental Supervision concepts and the control group experienced another placebo. The final component of the training was the administration of the post-test, Leadership Behavior Analysis II, to all subjects simultaneously. A t-test for independent and dependent samples was used to ascertain the difference between means in the sixteen experimental subjects and the control subjects. The Pearson Product Moment Correlation was administered to the data to determine the strength of the relationships in the control group and experimental group or pre-test and post-test results, respectively. The pre- and post-tests findings on the Pearson Product Moment showed a weak relationship in the experimental and control group. The pre- and post-tests findings, as were determined through the use of a t-tests for dependent and independent samples suggests that the use of computer assisted instruction to teach the key concepts of Developmental Supervision did not have a significant impact on the style effectiveness and style flexibility of supervisors in the school environment. In conclusion, the use of computer assisted instruction to teach key concepts of Development Supervision had no significant impact on the style flexibility and style effectiveness of the experiment group as compared with the control group.


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