Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Effective Practices of High School Principals' Leadership in Developing Traditionally Underrepresented Students' Higher Education and Future Career Readiness
by Adkins-Barlow, Vernita Lynn, Ed.D., Pepperdine University, 2017, 312; 10638244
Abstract (Summary)

Political initiatives in response to government reports have focused on students' preparation for higher education and their future careers, and students fall short. School districts and school programs give attention to the application of instructional practices to ensure students' college and career preparation, providing professional development in various instructional methods that address Language Arts and Math skills development, and students fall short. Teachers work tirelessly to use instructional strategies that develop students' critical and computational thinking, communication, collaboration, and creative skills, and students fall short as research indicates that students entering higher education continue to require remedial classes before beginning their college degree programs. This qualitative study design's purpose was to analyze the effective practices that early college high school principals employ that influence the academic achievement of students traditionally underrepresented in higher education. Thirteen (13) research participants' responses to leadership style, challenges, and solutions in program planning, development, and implementation with their recommendations yielded sixty themes of practices and strategies employed by early college high school principals. This study's results corroborate the literature on effective educational leadership practices that affect student achievement and inform educational leadership practice for underrepresented student populations in higher education. Implications for further research address the academic needs of other underrepresented student populations in higher education, including students with moderate to severe educational needs, foster youth and homeless youth.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Madjidi, Farzin
Commitee: Fraizer, Lani, Miramontes, Gabriella
School: Pepperdine University
Department: Education
School Location: United States -- California
Source: DAI-A 79/02(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Educational leadership, Secondary education, Higher education
Keywords: College and career, Educational leadership, Higher education, Resiliency, Secondary education, Sustainable systems' thinking heutagogy
Publication Number: 10638244
ISBN: 978-0-355-39674-4
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