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Hostage To Outcome Based Education: A Case Study Of A Superintendent's Stress And Suicide , Leonard Victor Larsen Jan 2000

Hostage To Outcome Based Education: A Case Study Of A Superintendent's Stress And Suicide , Leonard Victor Larsen

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The purpose of this investigation was to increase the understanding of the dynamics of administrative negative stress on a school superintendent. This case study focused on Philip Derts (pseudonyms are employed), a superintendent supporting Outcome Based Education in the Black Rock School District during the early 1990s, and the challenges he encountered through community opposition to OBE. Derts suffered due to his internal conflict between his religious beliefs and educational beliefs and committed suicide;A qualitative narrative emerged from the data gathered from extensive court records, documents, and interviews. A timeline served as a chronological summary of the events described ...