This qualitative study examined the dual leadership role of a charter school founder-administrator. The question asked, How do charter school leaders who serve as founders and administrators describe their experiences as academic and business leaders? A phenomenological approach and constructivist perspective supported a unique appreciation of the participants’ lived experiences. The researchers sought to understand how the participants experienced their sometimes conflicting, sometimes overlapping, and sometimes unique experiences. Participant interviews were recorded and transcribed verbatim; the researchers coded the transcripts. Two core categories and 11 themes were identified. The findings suggest these administrator-founders share a common understanding of the uniqueness of their experiences in this dual role.
Charter Schools, Charter School Leadership, Nonprofit Charter School Management Organizations, For-Profit Educational Management Organizations, Accountability, Phenomenology
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Thomas, K. A., & Lacey, C. H. (2016). A Phenomenological Study of the Leadership Experiences of the Charter School Founder-Administrator in Florida. The Qualitative Report, 21(9), 1594-1614. Retrieved from https://nsuworks.nova.edu/tqr/vol21/iss9/3