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ERIC Number: ED516903
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 121
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISBN: ISBN-978-1-1097-7317-0
Opening the Door: A Comparative Study of Leadership Competencies of Traditional and Nontraditional Superintendents
Usmani, Sarah
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, University of Southern California
The purpose of this study was to compare the leadership competencies of the two types of superintendents: traditional and nontraditional superintendents in urban school districts. The study examined the essential skills required of all superintendents and compared these skills between the two superintendent categories. Structured interviews were validated using a small sample of surveys to ascertain major commonalities and differences to answer the three research questions. For all superintendents, six competencies essential to increasing student achievement growth in urban school districts become apparent. Differences emerged in formal training and experience, knowledge of school culture, and openness to outside involvement. Data showed that traditional and nontraditional superintendents do not value the categories but they share the feeling that being a learner in all situations is integral to a nontraditional superintendent and that an experienced second-in-command can mitigate the lack of formal experience in the educational leadership. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United States