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Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Superintendents' Perceptions of Utilizing a Democratic Decision-Making Process in Learning Communities
by Kruppe, Amy, Ed.D., Lewis University, 2011, 103; 3453949
Abstract (Summary)

The purpose of this study was to examine the decision-making processes of superintendents. Using a democratic lens and ethic of care, this researcher used a multiple case study design to examine two superintendents' perceptions of their processes. Analysis of interview data from the two cases showed that superintendents use a deliberative democratic decision-making process. This quantitative study forth brought four areas that should be considered when making decisions. These areas include the decision-making process itself, interaction with the community, interaction with the board of education, and managing obstacles. These areas have the potential to assist superintendents during their decision-making process in their schools. This research also supports the need for research to continue in the area of ethic of care for superintendents and the effect that is has on the decision-making process of superintendents.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Porfilio, Brad
Commitee: Gorlewski, Julie, Petrek, Jane
School: Lewis University
Department: Department of Educational Leadership
School Location: United States -- Illinois
Source: DAI-A 72/07, Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Educational leadership, School administration
Keywords: Decision-making, Democratic decision-making, Ethic of care, Learning communities, Superintendents
Publication Number: 3453949
ISBN: 978-1-124-62602-4
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