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ERIC Number: EJ1151585
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-2153-7615
A Systems Theory Approach to the District Central Office's Role in School-Level Improvement
Mania-Singer, Jackie
Administrative Issues Journal: Connecting Education, Practice, and Research, v7 n1 p70-83 Sum 2017
This qualitative case study used General Systems Theory and social network analysis to explore the relationships between the members of a district central office and principals of elementary schools within an urban school district in the Midwest. Findings revealed sparse relationships between members of the district central office and principals, more opportunities for higher performing schools to participate in decision making, and few opportunities for all schools to provide feedback to the district, resulting in a centralized network structure that may inhibit the transfer of knowledge and communication, and ultimately, hinder school-level improvement efforts.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
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Language: English
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