Laying the Groundwork for a Reconception of the Superintendency from Feminist Postmodern Perspectives

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Educational Studies (CGU)

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Arts and Humanities | Education | Educational Administration and Supervision | Educational Leadership | Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies


This article reviews the literature on the superintendency over the past 50 years to understand what has been written about the position. By juxtaposing the traditional with ideas from feminist and postmodern literature, a possible reconception of the superintendency is offered. This is grounded in acknowledging postmodern paradoxes that emerge using this approach. Recognizing such paradoxes allows the questioning of the current superintendency. This leads to suggested leadership strategies that differ from the traditional in hopes of a more socially committed superintendency in the future.

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© 2013 SAGE Publications