Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

A Study of Perceptions of Superintendent Preparation Programs in Pennsylvania
by Jacobi, Tracey L., D.Ed., East Stroudsburg University, 2018, 155; 13426369
Abstract (Summary)

The purpose for this study was to add to the current research on the perceptions of superintendent preparation programs within Pennsylvania by examining how participants felt their preparation program prepared them for their current role as a superintendent, assistant superintendent, or assistant to the superintendent. One of the school board’s most important responsibilities is selecting a superintendent who is prepared for the position. A superintendent is the top administrative position within a school district with roles and responsibilities that have evolved and changed over time.

With these various responsibilities, changes in preparation programs must occur in order to prepare qualified candidates for this role. Studies have occurred around the topic of superintendent preparation programs; however, no studies have been conducted examining superintendents’ perceptions of the preparation programs within Pennsylvania.

This study used a mixed-method sequential design to answer the four research questions utilizing a survey and an interview. The survey was used to examine how the participants perceive how their superintendent training program prepared them to perform their daily responsibilities as a superintendent, assistant superintendent, or assistant to the superintendent. For the qualitative component of the study, participants were chosen purposefully from those who completed the survey to participate in an interview. Three individuals from each position participated in the interview process.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Lare, Douglas
Commitee: Bell, John, Curry, Cosmas
School: East Stroudsburg University
Department: Educational Leadership and Administration
School Location: United States -- Pennsylvania
Source: DAI-A 77/09(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Educational administration, Teacher education
Keywords: Pennsylvania, Superintendent preparation programs
Publication Number: 13426369
ISBN: 9780438926264
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