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Learning the Superintendency: Socialization, Negotiation, and Determination


by Margaret Terry Orr ó 2006

National attention to a possible superintendent shortage has created concern about the changing nature of the superintendency, particularly new challenges, and how superintendents are prepared. Through 23 focus group interviews, superintendents across the country described the challenges they faced when new, how these have changed in recent years, and the benefits and gaps of their leadership preparation. Through a grounded theory analysis and comparison with relevant adult learning and leadership development theories, this article argues that structured advanced leadership development experiences could improve superintendents' leadership development and transition. The article recommends that these experiences be structured as a learning community that is experiential and intensively reflective.


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 108 Number 7, 2006, p. 1362-1403
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 12560, Date Accessed: 12/14/2017 5:39:30 PM

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  • Margaret Orr
    Bank Street College
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    TERRY ORR is an associate professor specializing in leadership and organizational behavior, and action research for organizational change. Her research interests are in leadership development, district reform, and evaluating the effectiveness of leadership preparation programs.
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