Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The experience of superintendent leadership in American schools in Brazil: A phenomenological study
by Heise, Erich K., Ed.D., Saint Mary's University of Minnesota, 2016, 165; 10036348
Abstract (Summary)

This dissertation investigates the lived leadership experience of superintendents of American schools in Brazil. For this purpose, a phenomenological research methodology was utilized. Eight purposefully selected superintendents of American schools in Brazil comprised the sample. Data were collected via audio recordings of two in-depth interviews with each participant and notes taken during interviews. Audio recordings were transcribed, and transcribed data were analyzed. Analysis of the data resulted in the identification of mission advocacy, community-building, communication, and environmental awareness as essential skills for superintendents of American schools in Brazil. Findings suggest that being the superintendent of an American school in Brazil is challenging and complex and that language, culture, and collegial support are key factors in the lived experience of these superintendents. Recommendations for practice and for future research are provided.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Updaw, Nelson J.
Commitee: Bjorum, William, Germundsen, Richard, Wolfe, Rustin
School: Saint Mary's University of Minnesota
Department: Leadership
School Location: United States -- Minnesota
Source: DAI-A 77/08(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Educational leadership
Keywords: Brazil, Education, Leadership, Phenomenology, Superintendent
Publication Number: 10036348
ISBN: 978-1-339-54523-3
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