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ERIC Number: ED545864
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 171
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-1-2675-0998-7
The Perceptions of District Leaders of Cyber Charter Schools in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
Miller, Norman J.
ProQuest LLC, D.Ed. Dissertation, The Pennsylvania State University
Given the growth of cyber charter schools in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, more research is needed in this new wave of school reform. In fact, little research currently addresses the perceptions that district leaders have in regard to cyber charter schools and that is what this study proposed to address. District leaders interviewed included superintendents, curriculum specialists, building principals, and teachers' union representatives among others. This qualitative study explored the perceptions of district leaders regarding the cyber charter schools through in-depth studies of two districts located in the Intermediate Appalachia Unit 8. Specifically, the two case studies sought to address each district's current involvement with cyber charter schools and the perceptions of district leaders to be disposed either favorably or unfavorably toward cyber charter schools. Finally, the study sought to explore the responses of districts to the cyber charter school challenge. Data collection occurred over a three month period and included conversational interviews with respondents from both districts as well as analysis of a variety of relevant documents. The researcher analyzed data through finding common themes among the research responses. Thus, the research resulted in a thick, rich description of each district in terms of their perceptions of cyber charter schools. Three conclusions were drawn from the research. First, the cyber revolution has brought significant challenges and lasting changes to traditional conceptions of schooling. Second, public schools appear to be generally ill-prepared to meet these new cyber charter challenges, relying on more reactive, imitative responses rather than proactive, innovative initiatives. Third, school leaders, on the whole, do not appear to perceive the cyber challenge as a major threat and are preoccupied with other issues. Finally, there were a number of recommendations for practice and for further research. [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: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Pennsylvania