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Type of Document Dissertation
Author Thomas, Cheryl Kelly
URN etd-04222002-211842
Title The Role of the Public School Superintendent in Local Economic Development
Degree Doctor of Education
Department Educational Leadership and Policy Studies
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Driscoll, Lisa G. Committee Co-Chair
Parson, Stephen R. Committee Co-Chair
Sughrue, Jennifer A. Committee Member
Twiford, Travis W. Committee Member
White, Rosanne Committee Member
  • Delphi
  • Superintendent
  • Economic Development
Date of Defense 2002-04-10
Availability unrestricted
The public school superintendent is seen as the leader of schools and as a spokesperson bridging schools and the community. With this thought in mind, along with reports suggesting school and business collaboration as the key to better schools and lasting economic growth, defining the school superintendent's role in local economic development becomes valuable. As school and business relationships change, superintendents must be prepared to address this evolving interdependence.

The purpose of this study was to clarify the role of the public school superintendent in local economic development. Using a three-round Delphi technique, panelists representing various geographic locations and employment domains participated in developing a consensus on this role. Superintendents, economic development leaders, business leaders, and government officials individually identified the tasks important to the public school superintendent's responsibility in local economic development. Panel members then rated the level of importance of each suggested task and worked through the rounds to develop agreement using statistical feedback from the group response. The tasks agreed upon by 80% of the panel members as being important to extremely important were then examined to disclose the level of importance. The rating response mean and standard deviation were calculated for each task. These descriptive measures were then used to rank the most important tasks and better define the public school superintendent's role in local economic development.

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