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ERIC Number: ED524692
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 237
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-1244-2609-9
An Examination of the Leadership Practices of Effective Rural Superintendents: A Multiple Case Study
Forner, Mark
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, Western Michigan University
This research examined the leadership practices of rural superintendents who have led their districts to significant improvement in student academic achievement. The overall research goal was to examine how Waters' and Marzano's six correlates of effective superintendent leadership practice have been applied by school leaders who have successfully pursued academic reform in their rural school districts. A multiple case study approach was used to examine the work practices of seven superintendents leading rural school districts in Michigan where student academic performance was on the rise. A criterion-based selection methodology was used to identify the superintendent subjects and their districts. A total of twenty-seven interviews were conducted with the seven school leaders and with board trustees, teachers and principals from each district. Qualitative coding techniques were used to develop common leadership priorities, practices and philosophies for the purposes of cross-case analysis. This cross-case analysis produced three common leadership priorities, six common leadership philosophies and a total of 57 commonly-cited leadership practices. The three common leadership priorities were: (a) "All students can and will achieve academic success," (b) "A high quality teacher in each classroom," and (c) "Creating resources." The six common leadership philosophies were: (a) "Transparency," (b) "Proximity," (c) "Autonomy," (d) "Constructive Confrontation," (e) "Making Hard Choices," and (f) "Celebration." The findings of this study were consistent with Waters' and Marzano's six correlates of effective leadership practice. The leadership practices exhibited by rural superintendents and cited in this study closely mirrored five of the six correlates. Additionally seven new findings from this study extend beyond Waters and Marzano and add to the literature base. [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
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Michigan