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Schueler, Beth E. – Educational Administration Quarterly, 2019
Purpose: School district superintendents say politics is the number one factor limiting their performance, yet research provides limited guidance on navigating the political dynamics of district improvement. State takeovers and district-wide turnaround efforts tend to involve particularly heated and polarized debates. Massachusetts' 2012 takeover…
Descriptors: School Turnaround, School Districts, Politics of Education, Educational Improvement
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Davis, Bradley W.; Bowers, Alex J. – Educational Administration Quarterly, 2019
Purpose: We used gatekeeping theory to frame our examination of whether and when educators with superintendent certification become superintendents, and how their likelihood of making that transition is influenced by race, sex, and other characteristics. Furthermore, we sought to identify variation in career pathways to the superintendency. Data…
Descriptors: Superintendents, Administrator Education, Visual Aids, Race
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Woodland, Rebecca H.; Mazur, Rebecca – Educational Administration Quarterly, 2019
Purpose: This study examined an urban district's capacity to diffuse instructional innovations. Social network analysis (SNA) was used to examine the relationship between "informal" teacher support networks and "formal" teacher support networks engineered by administrators through required membership on a team. This study also…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, School Districts, Educational Innovation, Social Support Groups
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Neal, Jennifer Watling; Mills, Kristen J.; McAlindon, Kathryn; Neal, Zachary P.; Lawlor, Jennifer A. – Educational Administration Quarterly, 2019
Purpose: We apply diffusion of innovations theory to examine two key research questions designed to inform efforts to improve the research--practice gap in education: (1) Are there distinct types of educators that differ in their prioritization of the compatibility, observability, complexity, relative advantage, and trialability of research? and…
Descriptors: Research Utilization, Research and Development, Theory Practice Relationship, Principals
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Grissom, Jason A.; Mitani, Hajime; Woo, David S. – Educational Administration Quarterly, 2019
Purpose: Concerns about variation in the quality of preservice preparation provided by many university-based principal preparation programs (PPPs) has led to calls to use outcomes of program graduates to hold PPPs accountable. Little research, however, has assessed the degree to which different outcomes for PPP graduates in fact vary…
Descriptors: Principals, Administrator Education, Outcomes of Education, Administrator Effectiveness
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Khalifa, Muhammad A.; Khalil, Deena; Marsh, Tyson E. J.; Halloran, Clare – Educational Administration Quarterly, 2019
Background: The colonial origins of schooling and the implications these origins have on leadership is missing from educational leadership literature. Indeed little has been published on decolonizing and indigenous ways of leading schools. Purpose: In this article, we synthesize the literature on indigenous, decolonizing education leadership…
Descriptors: School Administration, Instructional Leadership, Foreign Policy, Indigenous Populations
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Myran, Steve; Sutherland, Ian – Educational Administration Quarterly, 2019
Purpose: The purpose of this article is to reframe our field's narrative around the science of learning. We seek to (1) describe the patterns within educational leadership and administration that are conceptually tethered to scientific management and highlight the absence of clearly defined conceptions of learning, (2) provide a synthesis of the…
Descriptors: Instructional Leadership, Student Role, Student Needs, Educational Environment
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Shiffman, Catherine Dunn – Educational Administration Quarterly, 2019
Purpose: There has been a significant increase in the number of immigrant families moving to rural communities across the United States. Yet limited research exists that explores relationships between immigrant families and schools in these communities. Rural school districts are often challenged by insufficient resources, expertise, and…
Descriptors: Immigrants, Rural Schools, English (Second Language), Family School Relationship
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Kotok, Stephen; Knight, David S.; Jabbar, Huriya; Rivera, Luis E.; Rincones, Rodolfo – Educational Administration Quarterly, 2019
Purpose: Despite the popularity of open enrollment as a school choice mechanism, there is little research on how principals behave in a district-run competitive setting. This study adds to our understanding of how open enrollment policies affect the role of the principal as well as educational equity by examining the roles and behaviors of school…
Descriptors: School Districts, School Choice, Equal Education, Foreign Countries
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Sampson, Carrie – Educational Administration Quarterly, 2019
Purpose: The purpose of this article is to examine how and why Latinx school board members address educational equity, both in general and as related to English learners (ELs). Research Method: This study used a qualitative multiple case study design to examine the leadership of six Latinx school board members representing three different school…
Descriptors: Hispanic Americans, Boards of Education, Administrator Attitudes, Equal Education
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Malin, Joel R.; Hackmann, Donald G. – Educational Administration Quarterly, 2019
Purpose: This study analyzed leadership structures, processes, and practices that have enabled and constrained an ambitious career and college readiness reform within an urban school district. It was designed to discern how leaders worked across cross-sector boundaries to support district-wide high school career academy implementation. Research…
Descriptors: High Schools, Career Academies, Urban Schools, School Districts
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Wang, Yinying – Educational Administration Quarterly, 2019
Purpose: This review study aims to bridge neuroscience and educational leadership by exploring the neural mechanisms of the constructs relevant to educational leadership. Research Methods: The reviewed literature includes 69 neuroscience studies and 4 books on neuroscience. The brain activities and neurotransmitters associated with the constructs…
Descriptors: Leadership Styles, Neurosciences, Instructional Leadership, Brain Hemisphere Functions
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Boies, Kathleen; Fiset, John – Educational Administration Quarterly, 2019
Purpose: Decades of research in educational leadership has extolled the importance of principals in both the effective functioning of teachers and the overall performance of schools. The mechanisms explaining what makes principals effective in the eyes of teachers, however, are not well known. This study builds on prior research to posit that…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Principals, Elementary School Teachers, Administrator Behavior
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Perrone, Frank; Tucker, Pamela D. – Educational Administration Quarterly, 2019
Purpose: A substantial research base focuses on principal preparation program standards, design, and effectiveness. Little is known, however, about which institutions are preparing principal candidates and how many candidates they have produced since 2003. Our study provides the field with a better understanding of the overall preparation…
Descriptors: Leadership Training, Administrator Education, Principals, Educational Administration
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Sorensen, Lucy C. – Educational Administration Quarterly, 2019
Purpose: In an era of unprecedented student measurement and emphasis on data-driven educational decision making, the full potential for using data to target resources to students has yet to be realized. This study explores the utility of machine-learning techniques with large-scale administrative data to identify student dropout risk. Research…
Descriptors: At Risk Students, Dropouts, Data Collection, Data Analysis
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