A case study of the superintendent as technology leader in an East Texas school district
Gary Wynne Nash, Stephen F. Austin State University, United States
Stephen F. Austin State University . Awarded
Creating technology leadership as a component of a technology initiative is a challenge faced by many school superintendents. This study examined the leadership functions of the superintendent in a small East Texas school district to identify specific functions that contribute to the technology leadership functions and that provide a sustaining effort for a technology initiative within the school district.
The design of the study used a case study approach. Qualitative data included interviews, observations and archival documentation. Six themes emerged from the data analysis that identified factors perceived by respondents as contributing to the superintendent's technology leadership. These factors include the leadership function, financial management, personnel selection, knowledge of technology, collaboration within the school community and assessment of needs. Conclusions of the study indicate that superintendents, as the chief executive officer of the district, can affect the technology initiatives of the school district by being involved in these six areas of technology implementation.
Nash, G.W. A case study of the superintendent as technology leader in an East Texas school district. Ph.D. thesis, Stephen F. Austin State University.
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