Degree Type

Dissertation

Date of Award

1994

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy

Department

Curriculum and Instruction

First Advisor

Richard P. Manatt

Abstract

The purpose of the study was threefold. It described a vertical leadership team training project for the effective schools program, defined the combination of the training components needed to facilitate rapid school change via vertical leadership teams, and determined the status of school effectiveness across the state of Iowa. This effective schools study targeted rural, small, poor schools rather than the usual big city, inner city, poor, minority effective schools study. A review of school improvement literature from Coleman (1966) to Calwelti (1994) as well as the continuing decline in achievement of American students when compared to other industrialized nations provided the conceptual framework for the study;The study illustrated cooperative planning, shared decision making, school-based planning, site-based management and collaborative groups in addition to program design and field training. It involved 18 school districts of the Green Valley Area Education Agency 14, and the Iowa State University, College of Education, "Partners for Quality Schools." Three instruments were used in the study, the first as a needs assessment, the second as a training assessment, and the third as a statewide, status assessment of vertical leadership team training and the effective school correlates;The study found that the combination of cadre training, vertical teams and the effective school correlates have a positive impact on school improvement efforts. It identified what to teach in vertical leadership team training and how it can be done in one year. It was economically feasible and overcame the gridlock of collective bargaining and union concerns. However, the study did not use broad-based community involvement, nor student achievement data. The program has continued since the 1991 training, and is expanding and growing annually to meet the school improvement needs of the individual school districts.

DOI

https://doi.org/10.31274/rtd-180813-10348

Publisher

Digital Repository @ Iowa State University, http://lib.dr.iastate.edu/

Copyright Owner

Irene McKinney

Language

en

Proquest ID

AAI9518416

File Format

application/pdf

File Size

243 pages

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