The purpose of this phenomenological case study was to examine the knowledge, skills,
motivation and organizational influences related to reaching the Amazing Independent High School District (a pseudonym) performance goal to ensure 50% of graduates are college prepared according to the state college/career indicators through the teachers’ lens. Teachers at AIHSD work in the western region of the United States in community and standalone classroom sites in an independent study program model with students 17-70 years old. AIHSD is an “alternative high school”. The Clark and Estes (2008) gap analysis model for performance improvement was utilized along with a mixed-method design for this problem-solving case study. The three research questions that guided this study focused on 1) to what extent is the organization AIHD achieving its goal, 2) what are the teacher knowledge, skills, and motivation influences needed to achieve the goal, and 3) what is the interaction of organizational culture on the goal. Documents and artifacts unearthed the current state of the organization’s college preparation performance while surveys and interviews allowed for the discovery of the knowledge, perceptions, and attitudes of the primary stakeholder. Less than 1% of AIH’s students are college prepared according to state college/career indicators. The study revealed eight validated needs in the areas of conceptual and procedural knowledge, motivational affect and self-efficacy, and organizational cultural models and cultural settings. Recommendations specifically addressing each of these causes were addressed along with an implementation and evaluation plan.
|Commitee:||Smith-Maddox, Renee, Ahmadi, Shafiqa|
|School:||University of Southern California|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||DAI-A 82/1(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Educational evaluation, Education, Adult education|
|Keywords:||Alternative high school, College preparation, College/career indicators, Independent study program, School-to-college|
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