Indiana public school superintendent sensemaking of e-learning

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Cripe, Chad C.
English, Fenwick W.
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Department of Educational Leadership
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This study examined the rationale Indiana public school superintendents have used in making the decision to implement an e-learning day program for their districts to make up for lost instructional time when school is cancelled due to inclement weather. The conceptual framework for this study was Karl Weick’s Sensemaking In Organizations. The purpose of this perceptual study of Indiana public school superintendents was to discover superintendents’ sensemaking for making policy decisions regarding implementing an e-learning day when unscheduled school closings occur. In this quantitative study, all 291 Indiana public school superintendents were surveyed to improve the understanding of the sensemaking behind their decision to implement e-learning or continue with the use of more traditional practices for making up lost instructional time when unscheduled school closings occur due to inclement weather.