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Massachusetts Public School Administrators' Perceptions of the Development and Implementation of Educational Policy
by Gazda, Todd H., Ed.D., University of Hartford, 2015, 200; 3702750
Abstract (Summary)

The purpose of this study was to describe public school administrators’ perceptions of the development and implementation of educational policy and whether policies being implemented in the current educational reform environment meet the criteria for high leverage policies according to The High Leverage Policy Framework (Cobb, Donaldson, Lemons, & Mayer, 2010). This framework is predicated upon the understanding that the development of education policy is part of a larger political and social context, which must be taken into account by those creating those policies. Furthermore, while the perceptions of those responsible for the implementation of policies are often overlooked, they are crucial to understanding the challenges presented by implementation efforts.

A cross-sectional survey was the method used to collect data for this study. The sample was drawn from the population of public school superintendents and principals in Massachusetts who were responsible for implementing the 2010 Massachusetts antibullying policy at the district or school level. The online survey yielded 319 responses from Superintendents and Principals across the State of Massachusetts. Analysis of responses generated 18 notable findings regarding school administrators’ perceptions of process of development and implementation of educational policies.

Eighty to 93% of the Massachusetts public school administrators who participated in this study reported that the number and pace of the creation of educational policies overwhelm administrators and inhibit effective implementation. Furthermore, participants reported that they are not given enough resources to effectively implement these policies. A descriptive and inferential statistical analysis of the totality of the data indicated that participants held a more negative view of the overall policy environment than they did of the Massachusetts antibullying policy enacted in 2010. Additionally, with respect to the high leverage policy framework, participants’ responses indicated the elements of design features and implementation contingencies were the points within the system where the breakdown between the development and implementation of educational policies was most apparent.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Nienhusser, H. Kenny
Commitee: D'Annolfo, Suzi, LaRocco, Diana J., McKenzie, Anne
School: University of Hartford
Department: Educational Leadership
School Location: United States -- Connecticut
Source: DAI-A 76/09(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Education Policy, Public policy
Keywords: Education, Implementation, Policy, Reform
Publication Number: 3702750
ISBN: 978-1-321-74219-0
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