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Change processes implemented at two urban high schools as initiated by an external agency


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The purpose of this study was to use the KSH analytic framework, a blend of the work of Kotter (1996), Senge (2006), and Heifetz (1994, 2002), as a tool to provide insight into the organizational change process that, when considered, might result in lasting and significant school change. Leadership, vision, teamwork, and action implementation are the four cornerstones of the KSH analytic framework. In this qualitative multi-case study of two urban comprehensive high schools, the researcher not only described the initiation and implementation strategies of reform by an external agency, but also described the lasting impact of the reform five years after the large nonprofit foundation left the schools. Through interviews, focus groups, and document analysis the researcher was able to explore the implementation and lasting impact of reform. The major research question addressed in this study was: to what extent do leadership, teamwork, vision, and action implementation impact the school reform process initiated by an external agency as experienced by two urban high schools? The results of this study found that leaders must be consistent and constant in an institution to facilitate school reform. The vision needs to be clear and inspiring for stakeholders to believe in necessary change. School stakeholders need to communicate clearly and work together in order to create change. With appropriate support and necessary resources, while at the same time considering the role of tradition, change can occur within a school.

Indexing (details)


Subject
Educational evaluation;
Educational leadership;
School administration;
Urban schools;
Secondary schools;
Educational tests & measurements
Classification
0443: Educational evaluation
0449: Educational leadership
0514: School administration
Identifier / keyword
Education; Educational change; Leadership; Outside agencies; Reform; Teamwork; Vision
Title
Change processes implemented at two urban high schools as initiated by an external agency
Author
Nash, Scotland Elizabeth
Number of pages
172
Publication year
2010
Degree date
2010
School code
0551
Source
DAI-A 72/05, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9781124558462
Advisor
Gardiner, John Jacob Zucker
University/institution
Seattle University
University location
United States -- Washington
Degree
Ed.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
3451013
ProQuest document ID
861358733
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/861358733
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