Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Sustaining arts programs in public education: A case study examining how leadership and funding decisions support and sustain the visual and performing arts program at a public high school in California
by Dunstan, David L., Ed.D., University of Southern California, 2014, 177; 3628155
Abstract (Summary)

The purpose of this qualitative research case study was to investigate leadership and funding decisions that determine key factors responsible for sustaining arts programs in public schools. This dissertation represents one of eight dissertations in a thematic dissertation group at the University of Southern California. Each researcher conducted a qualitative research case study at a separate, individual school site. While the educational climate, financial constraints and use of standardized testing to evaluate schools continue to threaten arts programs in public education, Eastland High School, the site of this case study, managed to sustain its visual and performing arts program. Understanding the key factors that sustained the arts program at Eastland High School shaped the foundation of this research study. A qualitative lens investigated three research questions to understand: (1) arts programs at the school, (2) leadership decisions that support the arts program, and (3) funding decisions made at the site. The triangulation of data identified several emerging themes relevant to the three research questions. The first significant theme found collaborative leadership built ongoing social and political capital among all stakeholders to support and sustain the arts program. The findings discovered community partnerships represented a second important theme, which contributed toward the longevity of the arts program. A third theme determined resourceful funding decisions guided school leaders to build successful arts programs. The implications of this case study indicated collaborative leadership and resourceful funding decisions sustain viable arts programs in public schools. Based on the evidence analyzed and discussed in the findings, the case study provided educational leaders with recommendations for future research and advice to sustain arts education in public schools.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Gothold, Stuart E.
Commitee: Garcia, Pedro E., Hocevar, Dennis
School: University of Southern California
Department: Education(Leadership)
School Location: United States -- California
Source: DAI-A 75/11(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Art education, Educational leadership, Education Policy, Secondary education
Keywords: Arts education, California, Educational leadership, Visual and performing arts
Publication Number: 3628155
ISBN: 9781321037050
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