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The Role of Teacher Professional Development in Turnaround Principals' Approach to Raising Student Achievement

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dc.contributor.advisor Bauer, Scott C. Terrell, Anthony S.
dc.creator Terrell, Anthony S. 2015-09-14T14:19:33Z 2015-09-14T14:19:33Z 2015
dc.description.abstract Using a collective case study methodology, this study explored how high school turnaround principals operationalized their roles as school leaders. Specifically, the study sought to discover the extent to which turnaround principals leveraged the professional development of teachers as a mechanism for raising student achievement. The study also sought to capture the characteristics of the professional development programs these principals implemented. Interview data were collected from five turnaround principals and from teachers who served under their leadership using a semi-structured interview protocol. Interview data were coded and analyzed to determine the frequency with which principals and teachers referred to specific leadership approaches in relation to their own leadership practice, in the case of principal interviews, and the type of leadership they experienced while teaching in schools to which the principals had been appointed, in the case of teacher interviews. The frequency of references to specific professional development program characteristics from principals and teachers were used to determine professional development plan coherence. Student pass rates on standardized tests in math and reading were used to measure student achievement during each principal’s tenure. A cross-case analysis of the five cases examined in the study revealed key leadership considerations and professional development plan characteristics that appear associated with increased student achievement. Implications for the effectiveness of the turnaround leadership model and turnaround leadership practice are presented.
dc.format.extent 159 pages
dc.language.iso en
dc.rights Copyright 2015 Anthony S. Terrell
dc.subject Educational leadership en_US
dc.subject Secondary education en_US
dc.subject Educational administration en_US
dc.subject Education Leadership en_US
dc.subject Instructional Leadership en_US
dc.subject Raising Student Achievement en_US
dc.subject Teacher Professional Development en_US
dc.subject Transformational Leadership en_US
dc.subject Turnaround Leadership en_US
dc.title The Role of Teacher Professional Development in Turnaround Principals' Approach to Raising Student Achievement
dc.type Dissertation Doctoral Education Leadership George Mason University

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