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ERIC Number: EJ913580
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jun
Pages: 25
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 42
ISSN: ISSN-1942-7751
Hidden Expert Knowledge: The Knowledge That Counts for the Small School-District Superintendent
Hyle, Adrienne E.; Ivory, Gary; McClellan, Rhonda L.
Journal of Research on Leadership Education, v5 n4 p154-178 Jun 2010
Using Bereiter and Scardamalia's (1993) hidden expert knowledge, we explored what knowledge counts from the perspectives of working small school-district superintendents and the ways in which they gain that knowledge. This qualitative study used focus groups as its primary data collection method. Participants were 37 superintendents of districts with fewer than 1,000 students representing the Midwest, southwest and west, and southeast. We learned that what counts for our superintendents appears to be in constant and fluid negotiation because of the small-district context supporting themes of competing visions, you are the center of the wheel and balancing/negotiating/weighing decisions. We also learned that preparation programs may not help in all the ways necessary to prepare these superintendents for their jobs.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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