Intuitive decision making in small rural schools: A phenomenological study
Windom, Vivian J.
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This study examined how small school superintendents dealt with decision making on a regular basis. The methods used by these individuals, whether of their own device or through the use of models, were discussed and observed. The study included the types of decision maker style each participant possessed, an overview of decision making models, and a discussion of phenomenological methodology as a tool for use in viewing and discussing decision making practices. Whether the administrator used experience, intuition, or a standard model discussed in current literature was uncovered through this qualitative method. Phenomenology methodology applied the process of interviewing and unbiased observing to discover themes, apply reflection, and analyze the results. Results were reported in a rich thick, qualitative format.