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ERIC Number: ED460219
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Oct
Pages: 28
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
The Public School Superintendency in the Twenty-First Century: The Quest To Define Effective Leadership.
Thomas, Janet Y.
This study examines research on public school leadership effectiveness, focusing specifically on the superintendent. It begins with a discussion of the historical mission to define leadership effectiveness, followed by a review of existing research on effective school districts and superintendents. The report also analyzes how superintendent effectiveness is defined and measured, concluding that this is one of the major shortcomings in the knowledge base. The report then details the obstacles that superintendents face in effectively managing a school system, including stability, the politicization of the profession, and superintendent and school board relations. Finally, the report presents suggestions for further research, which include addressing concerns regarding various operational definitions of effective leadership, examining the roles of the superintendent in their specific contexts, studying superintendent and school board relations, and providing information for preparing and recruiting effective educational leaders. (Contains 84 references.) (SM)
Center for Research on the Education of Students Placed At Risk, Johns Hopkins University, 3003 North Charles Street, Suite 200, Baltimore, MD 21218. Tel: 410-516-8808; Fax: 410-516-8890; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Center for Research on the Education of Students Placed At Risk, Baltimore, MD.