Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)
James H. Stronge
The purpose of this single site case study was to examine administrators', teachers', and guidance counselors' perceptions of site-based management components and school improvement. The study addressed the following three questions: (1) What are the perceptions of experienced teachers toward key aspects of site-based management (shared decision making, school climate, and student success)? (2) What factors do experienced educators identify with promoting the successful implementation of site-based management components (shared decision making, school climate, and student success)? (3) What factors do experienced educators identify with hindering the successful implementation of site-based management components (shared decision making, school climate, and student success)?;The study employed both quantitative and qualitative methodology. Administered to only experienced teachers with three or more years of teaching, a questionnaire was used to collect data for three sub-scales: shared decision making, school climate, and student success. to answer question one, descriptive statistics were reported, and an ANOVA was used, resulting in no significant difference among the sub-scales. Qualitative data were collected from a focus group comprised of the School Improvement Team and from semi-structured interviews to identify factors promoting and hindering the successful implementation of site-based management components.;Results indicate that the implementation of SBM strategies was overall positive. Participants' responses revealed that shared decision making is an effective strategy for improving the school. Furthermore, the school climate is conducive to teaching and learning, and students are successful at this recently recognized Blue Ribbon School. as a professional community, the administrators and teachers collaborated to develop the vision, mission, and school improvement plan, especially with a focus on student achievement. Although the results were positive overall, participants also identified barriers, such as time, funding, and lack of technological assistance, sometimes hindering improvement efforts.
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Todd, Annie Lunette, "School improvement through site -based management practices" (2003). Dissertations, Theses, and Masters Projects. Paper 1539618698.