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The Redefined Role of the Superintendent

Hawkins, Yvonne L. (2006) The Redefined Role of the Superintendent. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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This study examined the role of the superintendent in an era of reform. The primary interest was to determine how current superintendents perceived their role in a context of school reform, what kinds of supports they need to effectively function in their redefined role, and where superintendents find these supports that will enable them to be successful in their redefined role.This is rich, descriptive, narrative, qualitative study that occurred in a natural setting. Participants were chosen because of their experiences and because they were willing to share their thoughts. Methods of data collection included a survey, semi-structured interviews, and a personal journal. Interview data was transcribed and organized into major and minor themes. Personal thoughts were kept in a journal for the purpose of adding reflective thoughts to the study.This researcher found that the role of the superintendent in an era of reform is constantly being redefined and evolves through his/her context. There is a universal context for all superintendents that is characterized by change, collaboration, and financial leadership. Yet, at any given moment, the universal context interfaces with personal beliefs/values, personal context, professional growth, types of support, and internal/external influences. The interfacing is fluid because of the variety of demand. Gaps full of tension are created between a superintendent's beliefs, behavior, and skill vs. influences and demands. This researcher concludes that the superintendent's role in an era of reform can be described as a Gap Closer.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Hawkins, Yvonne
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairWerlinich, Joseph
Committee MemberManley, James
Committee MemberWallace, Richard
Committee MemberGoodwin, Sue
Date: 28 September 2006
Date Type: Completion
Defense Date: 11 July 2006
Approval Date: 28 September 2006
Submission Date: 17 July 2006
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Education > Administrative and Policy Studies
Degree: EdD - Doctor of Education
Thesis Type: Doctoral Dissertation
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: change; leadership; reform; superintendent
Other ID:, etd-07172006-125328
Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2011 19:51
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2016 13:46


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