Ninth grade academies as a restructuring effort: Perceptions of leadership development from administrators, teachers, and students

by Maynor, Mattison Burch, Ed.D., THE UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA, 2008, 138 pages; 3334632


The purpose of this research was to explore how ninth grade academies have leadership development throughout schools, currently implementing this type of reform. This multiple case study research was focused on the perceptions of leadership among administrators, teachers, and students found in ninth grade academies.

The perceptions of expectations, effectiveness, and beliefs of leaders within ninth grade academies were collected for the multiple case study from three schools using this type of reform. This multiple case study included three schools using the reform. Sources of data include: observations, archival documents, and interviews with administrators, teachers, and students. Each school's data were examined individually to provide depth of knowledge and rich descriptions of the cases. Then a cross-case analysis was performed. Themes were derive from rich data uncovered during the study, and were developed to present common threads found in the different schools. Themes were then organized to provide answers to the research questions.

Results revealed a perception of an increased amount of leadership in academies among teachers and students over what had been present in more traditional high schools. Administrators, teachers, and students perceived the ninth grade academy as an opportunity to create, grow, and experience leadership.

AdviserDaisy Arrendondo-Rucinski
Source TypeDissertation
SubjectsEducational administration; Secondary education; Curriculum development
Publication Number3334632

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