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ERIC Number: ED555543
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 87
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-1-3034-5887-3
Understanding Policy Implementation: District-Level Leaders' Perceptions of Reading Policy Implementation Efforts
Hall, Charles Dana
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, University of Virginia
Research investigating the complex, multi-directional relationships inherent to public education has become a focal point of reform research. This study investigated the perceptions held by district-level leaders regarding the Colorado Department of Education's efforts to facilitate the successful implementation of reading policy. In addition, it sought to determine whether district leaders from different setting categories held different beliefs regarding the role of the CDE in facilitating the effective implementation of reading policy. A total of 356 district-level leaders charged with implementing reading policy were invited to participate in this survey. Some 125 of 356 invited educators completed the survey, providing a 33.2% response rate. The survey comprised 20 items, to which participants responded on a six-node Likert-style format: strongly disagree, disagree, slightly disagree, slightly agree, agree, and strongly agree. The minimum score possible was 20 and the maximum possible was 120. The midpoint of the scale was 70, a score that reflected a perception that was neither positive nor negative. The mean response (M = 59.78, SD = 20.00) indicated that these leaders' overall perceptions were somewhat negative. A one-way fixed-effect analysis of variance (ANOVA) was used to investigate the effect of district type on the survey scores. The ANOVA results indicated that survey mean varied with district type, F(4,120) = 3.11, p = 0.02. However, a post-hoc examination of these means through Tukey's HSD pair-wise comparisons indicated that only one mean difference was significant: the difference between responses from the Outlying City respondents (M = 72.55) and those in the Denver-Metro area (M = 48.18), p = 0.013. The results of this study clearly indicate that, as a group, district-level leaders in Colorado tend to hold the negative perceptions of the CDE's efforts to facilitate the successful implementation of reading policy. A discussion of these results and their implications for state reading policy are included. [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
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Colorado