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A Case Study to Determine Characteristics for a Successful, Diverse School District
by Vest, Tanya J., Ed.D., University of Arkansas, 2015, 171; 3689536
Abstract (Summary)

In a rapidly changing society, education must make adjustments and keep learning focused on the needs of students by providing increased opportunities for success. Classrooms are filled with students of different cultural backgrounds which makes education a challenge to every building leader and teacher. The challenges are how to design instruction and implement it to meet the academic and social needs of all learners. Understanding different lifestyles, languages, word context, body language, traditions, and dress present opportunities for educators to expand their cultural knowledge and create learning objectives for students which ultimately affect student achievement in the educational environment.

The focus of this study was to determine the characteristics of a successful, diverse school and the training needed for staff to support students and the district. To give educational stakeholders more insight into what characteristics are need to create a culturally proficient environment that creates learning opportunities for children, data was collected, analyzed and coded. The coding revealed eight axial codes and from there four main theories emerged: (a) leadership, (2) instructional model, (3) environment that supports diversity and, (4) parent and community involvement.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Holt, Carleton R.
Commitee: Bowles, Freddie A., Goering, Christian Z.
School: University of Arkansas
Department: Educational Leadership
School Location: United States -- Arkansas
Source: DAI-A 76/09(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Educational leadership, Multicultural Education, Teacher education
Keywords: Cultural proficiency, Diversity, English language learners, Leadership, Parent and community involvement, School district, Successful schools
Publication Number: 3689536
ISBN: 978-1-321-69003-3
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