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ERIC Number: ED549082
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 184
Abstractor: As Provided
ISBN: 978-1-2673-5384-9
The Impact of Principal Training in Diffusion of Innovation Theory on Fidelity of Implementation
Petruzzelli, Anthony
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, Seton Hall University
Districts and schools are constantly trying to find ways to increase student achievement. Research has shown a significant correlation between principal leadership skills and increased student achievement. Research has also shown a correlation between fidelity of implementation of new innovations and positive outcomes. This purpose of this study is to examine the correlation, if any, between principal knowledge of diffusion of innovation theory and the level of fidelity of implementation of a new innovation in the school. Since the significance of the quality of principal leadership is already established, and a link between successful implementation and improved outcomes recognized, then a correlation between the principal's ability to efficiently diffuse an innovation during the implementation phase of that innovation in classrooms would be significant to schools when adopting new programs or practices. A quantitative measure will be used to determine the level of fidelity of implementation in classrooms with principals receiving training on the theory and in classrooms with principals that had not received additional training. Recommendations on professional development of principals and stages of implementation will be made based on the outcomes of the study. [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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Language: English
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