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ERIC Number: EJ883714
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 14
ISSN: ISSN-1931-6569
What Counts as Knowledge in the Small School District: Superintendents' Thoughts about Decision Making
McClellan, Rhonda L.; Hyle, Adrienne E.; Ivory, Gary
AASA Journal of Scholarship & Practice, v7 n1 p51-60 Spr 2010
Based upon the words of small school-district superintendents, this article explores how superintendents might lead in these complex contexts. In national focus groups, thirty-five participants described their decision-making processes as resting upon "doing what's best for students," acknowledging the unique challenges of small school district leadership, and negotiating priorities that are in constant flux. The article offers that being reflective may be the best way to lead in such complexity. Additionally, it provides eight means to honing reflection: time to pause, continuous development, small practical steps for leading, and self-regulation being a few.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A