Doctorate Core Comprehensive Exam - Sample Questions

Doctorate Core Comprehensive Exam - Sample Questions

Doctorate Core Comprehensive Examination

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Mar. 22, 2003

Good morning and welcome to the Comprehensive Exam for the Doctorate in Educational Leadership. As you know this is one of a series of requirements for attaining the degree. This morning you are going to analyze a case and respond to some questions about that case. The following performance standard will be used:

Performance Standard:

The respondent is expected to demonstrate higher order thinking that goes beyond mechanically recalling or reporting facts concepts or theories regarding leadership. The response should demonstrate deep understanding of leadership concepts and theories and how they relate to the case presented. This requires the respondent to describe, interpret, and synthesize patterns of behavior indicative of various perspectives on leadership. Underlying theories should be identified, elaborated upon, and connected to the case in a way that provides an explanation and rationale for actions, behaviors, and events described in the case. Citations from the literature and the use of paraphrasing or quotations from major authors to support your explanations are required.


It is suggested that you:
1. Read the questions first.
2. Read the case next.
3. Examine the behaviors of each of the three individuals in the case and identify and select the perspectives (from the list in Q 1) most appropriate to the behaviors of each person.
4. Write your response to question one.
5. Reread question two
6. Write your response to question two.

Leadership Question 1

Analyze the behavior of “person #1, person #2, and person #3” within the “XYZ” case relevant to what transpired. Identify, explain and expound upon the underlying theories that can be used to explain, understand and predict what happened.

You must examine the case from at least three of the following perspectives:

Formal / structural perspectives
Style / Trait approaches
Situational / contingency approaches
Transformational leadership
Leader- Member exchange theory
Political perspectives
Collegial / democratic perspectives
Transactional leadership
Cultural / symbolic perspectives
Conceptions and use of power and authority
Leadership as a dialectical process
Moral leadership
Revolutionary leadership
Human resource perspectives

Note: There are overlaps between these various lenses through which leadership and organization may be viewed.

Leadership Question 2

What should “person #1 and person #2” done that would have led to a more positive result and why should they have acted in the way you propose? Using a few perspectives from the list above connect the proposed actions with relevant theories and explain what you would do based on those theories.

Note: In answering both questions you must cite relevant authors and works to substantiate your opinions and recommendations.

Part Two Sample Questions

Mar. 22, 2003


Read the “XYZ” case. Identify a problem that is important to solve related to the information in the case. Write a research proposal that responds to at least the following seven (7) questions:

1. What is the problem that you want to answer?

2. What is (are) the research question(s)?

3. What are the hypotheses?

4. What are the independent and dependent variables?

5. What is the research design and methodology you would employ and why would you choose them?

6. What are the data to be collected? What kind of data are they? How would you collect them?

7. What analysis procedure and statistics would you use to analyze the data? Why are these appropriate to the question and data?

And anything else that would add to the quality of your research proposal.



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