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ERIC Number: EJ1172228
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018-Mar
Abstractor: As Provided
Is It Rational or Intuitive? Factors and Processes Affecting School Superintendents' Decisions When Facing Professional Dilemmas
Hart, Walter H.
Educational Leadership and Administration: Teaching and Program Development, v29 n1 p14-25 Mar 2018
Given the critical impact of their decisions and of the community's perception of their performance, it is reasonable that school superintendents would seek to understand the factors that influence their decisions and the processes used to make them. The researcher in this study used a qualitative approach, interviewing 13 school superintendents about the factors that affected their decisions and the extent to which they utilized a rational or intuitive decision-making model. The results show that superintendents' decisions are influenced by the belief that they must safeguard the interests of students, by their perceptions about community acceptance of their decisions, and by the advice of trusted consultants. Their responses suggested that superintendents blend a rational approach with their intuition when making decisions, a strategy that mimics dual process approaches.
Descriptors: Superintendents, Performance Factors, Administrator Attitudes, Decision Making, Leadership Styles, Context Effect, Student Interests, Student Rights, Public Opinion, Consultants, Intuition, Administrative Principles, Elementary Secondary Education, Qualitative Research, Semi Structured Interviews, Grounded Theory
California Association of Professors of Education Administration. Web site: http://www.capea.org
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A