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Type of Document Dissertation
Author Huff, Jason Taylor
Author's Email Address jason.huff@vanderbilt.edu
URN etd-03232009-131605
Title Knowing "How" Is More Than Knowing "That": A Study of Educational Leadership Expertise
Degree PhD
Department Leadership and Policy Studies
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Ellen Goldring Committee Chair
David Cordray Committee Member
James Spillane Committee Member
Joseph Murphy Committee Member
  • mixed methods
  • validation
  • expertise
  • educational leadership
  • instructional leadership
Date of Defense 2009-02-23
Availability unrestricted
While there is ample criticism of principal certification and professional

development programs to equip individuals with the expertise they need, we as

a field possess few methodologies to measure leadership expertise. There is thus

little evidence to inform us of the effectiveness of these programs to train

participants. This study explored the content, construct, and criterion validity of

a series of open-ended scenarios to measure leadership expertise. I first review

recent efforts in the literature to define this construct before I present the findings

from three validation studies. Overall the descriptive analyses showed that the

scenarios tapped varying levels of expertise, and examinations of respondents’

scenario scores revealed complex relationships between different areas of

expertise. Finally, analyses of the scenario scores’ relationships to principal and

teacher survey measures showed mixed yet promising results for their criterion

validity and suggested multiple directions for future improvements and uses of

these measures.

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