Title page for ETD etd-110198-202025

Type of Document Dissertation
Author Edwards, Jeanne Denise
Author's Email Address jedwards@tcia.net
URN etd-110198-202025
Title Toward Democracy: A Case Study of High Involvement in One Elementary School
Degree Doctor of Education
Department Educational Leadership and Policy Studies
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Parks, David J. Committee Chair
Cutlip, Bobbi J. Committee Member
Harris, Larry A. Committee Member
Niles, Jerome A. Committee Member
Parson, Stephen R. Committee Member
  • high involvement
  • leadership
  • elementary school
  • participation
Date of Defense 1998-11-18
Availability unrestricted
The need for giving all stakeholders a greater voice in schools is well

documented in the school reform and change literature of the eighties and

nineties. Many schools across the United States have attempted to

implement numerous plans to increase involvement with varying degrees of

success. This case study describes how involvement has developed for

administrators, teachers, staff, families, students, and community members

in one high involvement elementary school.

A list of characteristics of high involvement was developed from the

current literature to aid in the identification and selection of a high

involvement school site for the study. Potential sites were nominated by the

Virginia Department of Education Field Representative serving Southwest

Virginia. Directors of instruction or elementary supervisors in the

nominated districts were contacted and asked to name high involvement

schools in their divisions. Three schools were selected for site visits based

on the convergence of the nominations. The school having the highest

number of characteristics observed or mentioned during the site visits was

selected for the study.

Interviews were conducted with administrators, teachers, parents,

students, and community members to gain an understanding of how

involvement developed at the school. One week was spent interviewing,

observing involvement activities, and studying available documents on site.

Data from the study were used to describe how involvement

developed at the school. Ten themes relevant to the development of high

involvement at the school are identified and discussed. Findings are

examined in relation to school culture, leadership, and schools as

organizations. Implications for practice and further research are suggested.

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