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ERIC Number: ED523747
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 150
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISBN: ISBN-978-1-1242-0224-2
Sustaining the Momentum for the Change Process: An Historical Case Study of a Midwestern High School
Onsager, Tim A.
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, Edgewood College
Although many high schools have failed to bring meaningful change, an increasing number of schools have experienced the successful implementation of a school-wide continuous improvement process. This study explored the change process as experienced by members of a high school community intent on establishing and sustaining change to better meet the needs of its student population. The study focused on the leadership and staff's efforts to maintain the momentum of change through feedback and course alterations when needed. PTAH, a Midwestern suburban high school, progressed through 7 stages during the change process. The 7 stages PTAH encountered were: (a) Wandering Through the Forest, (b) A Sense of Urgency, (c) Common Ground, (d) Refocusing, (e) A School Divided, (f) Implementation Structure, and (g) Last Minute Anxiety. The findings show lessons learned by the principal in managing PTAH's change effort, while keeping the staff focused on the end goals. Throughout this study, the researcher offered practitioners a process of change to analyze and study. Principals and staff members will find insight here to shape future professional growth and development activities in their own unique environment. [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: High Schools
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Language: English
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