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Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The unchanging nature of high schools: An action research study of one district's attempt to alter the time structure of high schools
by Murphy, Patrick C., Ed.D., Washington State University, 2012, 132; 3554579
Abstract (Summary)

This purpose of this action research study was to improve communication pathways and feedback loops used by one school district in its attempt to create a common use of time in high schools to maximize resources and improve student learning. Part of this study's intent was to solicit and protect the voices of institutional entrepreneurs in their efforts to challenge the traditional modes of doing business. In doing so, it was anticipated that our high schools would be better situated to respond to the adaptive challenges with which they are faced today.

A major outcome of the study was a better understanding of the necessity for inclusion of stakeholders on the front end of a change initiative. Resistance, while substantial during the first change attempt, was much more muted the second go around. Secondly, this study confirmed that being part of the same financial system tied to the state plays a role in the isomorphic nature of organizations as evidenced by the eventual directive by the superintendent for one school to change to become more like other schools in the district.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Gates, Gordon
Commitee: Kingrey, Joan, Sharratt, Gene
School: Washington State University
Department: Educational Leadership
School Location: United States -- Washington
Source: DAI-A 74/06(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Educational leadership, School administration
Keywords: Educational leadership, High school, Institutionalism, Scheduling
Publication Number: 3554579
ISBN: 978-1-267-94767-3
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