Date of Award
College of Education
Type of Degree
Dr. Barbara Nicholson, Chair
Dr. Ronald Childress
Dr. Thomas Hisiro
Dr. Thomas Williams
Dr. Lisa Beck
The purpose of this study was to explore the sources used by West Virginia public school superintendents to stay informed; how useful they find evidence-based research; the perceptions they have regarding the overall usefulness/credibility of evidence-based research; the barriers that exist to the use of evidence-based research; and whether there are relationships between selected demographic variables and superintendents’ consumption of evidence-based research. Data were collected using a 10-question researcher adapted survey administered to 59 superintendents in West Virginia. This study continues the work of Treadway (2015) and Hoylman (2017) in the local public education arena. The most relied upon source of information by superintendents was their own professional experience. Evidence-based research was identified as useful, to a degree, in executing professional duties, but was not identified as a frequently relied upon source of information by superintendents; paradoxically, superintendents reported using evidence-based research to inform board of education members, policymakers, members of the general public, and in public relations. For superintendents to effectively inform policymaking, they must be efficient consumers of evidence-based research, fellowship with members of professional organizations, and develop methods of succinctly communicating evidence-based research to policymakers.
Educational leadership -- West Virginia.
School management and organization -- West Virginia.
School superintendents -- West Virginia.
King, Gabriel Dwayne, "Staying informed: superintendents and their experience with evidence-based research in the West Virginia public school system" (2019). Theses, Dissertations and Capstones. 1224.