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ERIC Number: ED516363
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 220
Abstractor: As Provided
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-1240-2780-7
Bridging the Leadership Divide: Aligning Preschool and Primary Education
Wietstock, Cathleen E.
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, California State University, Fullerton
The purpose of this study was to describe the assumptions, beliefs, perceptions, practices, and visions that P-3 leaders from disparate settings hold in regard to system alignment as a means to identify effective bridges for P-3 programs in California. The researcher employed qualitative methods, including field notes, semi-structured interviews, and document review, to explore four administrator pairs' knowledge, dispositions, and actions related to P-3 leadership at their respective sites. Four themes emerged from the data: (a) Response to California's P-16 Initiative, (b) Support for P-3 Collaborations, (c) Impact of P-3 Alignment, and (d) Barriers to P-3 Alignment. The findings from this study indicated that administrator pairs perceived preschool as necessary for closing the readiness gap. The findings also suggested that P-3 leadership is an organic, nonlinear process that each administrator must navigate within his or her district's bounded system. A notable finding was that, unless principals receive support from the district administration for P-3 alignment, it will most likely not be realized. The perceptions of these leaders also inform educational administration theory and the practice of P-3 alignment. Based on their perceptions, implications for policy and practice as well as recommendations for future research were provided. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Elementary Education; Primary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: California