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ERIC Number: ED561538
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 166
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-1-3034-2920-0
Examining Perceptions of Administrators, Teachers, Parents, and Community Residents about Advantages and Disadvantages of Consolidating Two High Schools in a School District in Central Pennsylvania
Ackell, Robert J.
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, Drexel University
This mixed methods triangulation approach examined the perceptions of administrators, teachers, parents, and community residents about a consideration of a secondary school consolidation in a school district in central Pennsylvania. These groups are referred to as "stakeholders" in this study. The purpose of this research was to develop an understanding about perceptions of stakeholders regarding the potential effects of consolidating two high schools in a school district in central Pennsylvania. Specifically, this study provides school administrators with effects described by stakeholders as advantages and disadvantages. This information could be used to assist administrators and boards of education in making decisions in regard to consolidating the two high schools as a possible means of providing cost effective education. The process through which school boards and school administrators must maneuver to reach a decision must take into account several factors that are drawn from the stakeholders in the affected attendance areas. This research used the perspective of situational leadership theory and Albert Bandura's theory of self-efficacy theoretical frameworks. Data was collected through interviews and a questionnaire. A small convenience sample of stakeholders participated. This study provides background knowledge if a school district is preparing for consolidating two high schools in a School District. The findings of the study are based on the survey and interview data returned by 109 stakeholders in a school district in Central Pennsylvania. Few questions garnered complete agreement, as would be expected with a complex topic that has multiple concerns involved. Results from the initial inquiry indicated that 38.4% of stakeholders in one school district in Central Pennsylvania would approve of consolidating two high schools into one. The stakeholders acknowledged that the broader course offerings and opportunities in athletics and extra-curricular activities may be good for the students. Likewise, stakeholders stated that the school and community loyalties along with travel time were a possible disadvantage. Stakeholders recognized the possibility of less individual attention for the students and the loss of some sense of community that the two high schools provided for their home area as a concern. The primary purpose of consolidation of schools should be to enhance student achievement although schools could anticipate possible budgetary savings, as well as the overall improved student achievement due to expanded curriculum. [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: Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Pennsylvania