School of Education


Doctor of Education (EdD)


Jerry Westfall


Confidence, Leadership, Principal, Superintendent


Education | Educational Administration and Supervision | Educational Leadership | Elementary and Middle and Secondary Education Administration


The purpose of this qualitative bounded, multi-site case study was to explore the effect that confidence has on the behavior of the principal and superintendent as the school's educational leader. The participants of this study were principals and superintendents of eight K-12 institutions in Northern Colorado. While the data addressing this multi-level epistemological observation are revealed through the narrative process, the framework for observing and codifying the research was derived from a qualitative multi-site case methodology where participants engaged in interviews and surveys, and whereby the researcher synthesized three research fields into one. Data were collected from the participant leaders through a personal questionnaire, a survey, individual interviews, and observations of the principals and superintendents in meeting settings. The resultant data were collected, coded, and analyzed based on the collective, bounded, case study methodology. The findings seem to suggest a perceived link between behavior and confidence. While it may be difficult to quantify confidence, each participant acknowledged the important presence of confidence and the factors that had contributed to confidence in their behavior. While some participants suggested that confidence was one of many factors in their resultant actions, this study confirmed that confidence nevertheless played an important and significant role in their behavior.

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