ERIC Number: ED501191
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Mar
A Mixed Methods Study of Shared Leadership in a K-12 School District Enhanced by a Case Study of the Former Superintendent's Role
The purpose of this mixed methods study was to identify what practical applications of shared leadership have been applied and which initiatives will further the building of trust and vision in a small town school district in an eastern region of a western state. A quantitative assessment survey was conducted in the fall of 2004 by the school district. A modified survey instrument was administered by the district in April, 2007. The former superintendent was interviewed at length during winter 2007-2008. A longitudinal analysis of both surveys, plus the interview data, provides a database for the administration as well as other school districts to vision and plan for the present and future development of shared leadership dynamics. The qualitative case study also provides insights for all stakeholders to learn how to participate in their school and community in overcoming embedded challenges to a leadership style change. The structure of shared leadership can be fragile in the early stages of development unless all leadership groups are supportive and engaged. The study seeks to provide an inside look into critical processes which must be in place and operating to achieve maximum effectiveness. Disengagement by any of the stakeholders may ultimately result in mediocrity or complete failure. Superintendent Interview Questions are appended.
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A