Type of Document Dissertation Author Edwards, Jeanne Denise Author's Email Address email@example.com 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 Keywords
- high involvement
- elementary school
Date of Defense 1998-11-18 Availability unrestricted AbstractThe 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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