Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The Design Process and Functionality of an Innovative School: A Case Study of Lee Elementary
by Saylak, Diana Danielle, Ed.D., Dallas Baptist University, 2018, 340; 10937766
Abstract (Summary)

Improving the educational system has been a focus in the United States, but these reform efforts have not been as effective as intended. Educational transformation is the focus in one North Texas school district. The design of school facilities and impact of school design on reform efforts have not been extensively investigated. The current study examines and describes the process used by one school district to design an innovative elementary school and how components of the design impacted a change in behavior. Interviews were conducted with 19 members of the design committee, which included the design team, district administrators, and architects. Data collected from the interviews, as well as archival data, was entered into NVivo for Mac. The analysis revealed four overarching themes: collaboration, flexibility, sustainability, and school as a tool. These themes were evident in the design process, and in the design of the school. Data was also collected to describe the process used by the district to design the building, develop the curriculum and pedagogy used, and hire the administrators and educators for the campus. The process used design thinking to develop the design for the building. The result of the process was an award-winning innovative school building.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Rich, Judy
Commitee: Denison, Marilyn, Dugger, Neil, Lee, Sharon, Robbins, Rosemary
School: Dallas Baptist University
Department: Educational Leadership K-12
School Location: United States -- Texas
Source: DAI-A 80/03(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Education Policy, Education
Keywords: Collaboration, Design thinking, Flexibility, School design, Sustainability, Transformation
Publication Number: 10937766
ISBN: 978-0-438-57480-9
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