Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Addressing school safety and security concerns in a Trinidad-Tobago community: A Delphi study
by Ross-Quamina, Charlene, Ed.D., University of Phoenix, 2015, 200; 3730829
Abstract (Summary)

The purpose of this qualitative, three-round Delphi study was to identify and develop consensus on the factors that can assist in the development of a crisis management plan for at-risk students in the Laventille community of Trinidad-Tobago. The implementation of crisis management at schools to assist students with coping is critical for effective catering to at-risk youth and must be used by educational leaders. The findings of this study were intended to add to the existing body of knowledge by offering a list of components for an effective crisis plan for students in schools in at-risk communities. The findings were also intended to provide a basis for further research. The study was intended to motivate other leaders within communities to obtain experts to be a part of the solution by addressing student needs in authentic ways. This study employed a Delphi technique to explore the issue with the goal of obtaining a consensus through a series of open-ended surveys. The research findings focused on the loop learning approach, particularly on including all stakeholders in revisiting their mental models to provide strategies for addressing and forecasting crises in at-risk schools (Kahane, 2004). This was achieved through consensus among fifteen panelists, including teachers and administrators at the primary, early childhood, and secondary levels; religious leaders; police officers; a school supervisor; a guidance officer; and a university lecturer. The findings contained the panelists’ most preferred factors to be included in designing a crisis management plan.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Grondal, Gwenn
School: University of Phoenix
School Location: United States -- Arizona
Source: DAI-A 77/03(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: European Studies, School administration, Elementary education, Curriculum development
Keywords: At-risk communities, Crisis management, Educational leadership, Loop learning, Stakeholder involvement, Sustaining change, Trinidad-Tobago
Publication Number: 3730829
ISBN: 978-1-339-17165-4
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