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Bridwell, Sandra D. – Journal of Ethnographic & Qualitative Research, 2012
The detrimental effects of high-stakes testing and accountability mandates are experienced disproportionately in high-poverty urban schools, which African American and Hispanic students are more likely to attend. However, the literature does not fully address how teachers experience the inequitable working and learning conditions in these…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, High Stakes Tests, Teacher Effectiveness, Accountability
Adams, Matthew J. – ProQuest LLC, 2011
The Problem: This study was designed to analyze the evaluation criteria of the instruments used to evaluate superintendents, the job descriptions for those superintendents, and the goals written as part of their Individual Administrator Professional Development Plans (IAPDPs) to determine whether superintendents are being held accountable for…
Descriptors: Evaluation Criteria, Sampling, Content Analysis, Instructional Leadership
White, Bradford R.; Brown, Kathleen S.; Hunt, Erika; Klostermann, Brenda K. – Illinois Education Research Council, 2011
This report, the third in an IERC series on public school principals in Illinois, summarizes the results of a survey of 877 Illinois public school principals conducted by the IERC in November 2010. The purpose of the survey, and of this report, is to provide policymakers and the public with a better understanding of the important role principals…
Descriptors: Public Schools, Teacher Evaluation, Job Satisfaction, Principals
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MacNeill, Neil; Cavanagh, Rob – Management in Education, 2013
In many jurisdictions school leaders are being placed under increased accountability and stress, which then affects their ability to address the real issue of education--improving students' learning. Flow Theory, developed by the Hungarian-American psychologist Mihalyi Csikszentmihalyi, has a high degree of relevance to the issue of the way modern…
Descriptors: Theories, Principals, Leadership Role, Interviews
Schonfeld, Irvin Sam; Farrell, Edwin – Online Submission, 2010
The chapter examines the ways in which qualitative and quantitative methods support each other in research on occupational stress. Qualitative methods include eliciting from workers unconstrained descriptions of work experiences, careful first-hand observations of the workplace, and participant-observers describing "from the inside" a…
Descriptors: Qualitative Research, Quality of Working Life, Statistical Analysis, Research Methodology
Gysbers, Norman C.; Henderson, Patricia – American Counseling Association, 2012
Five phases for establishing and improving Pre-K-12 comprehensive guidance and counseling programs serve as the organizational framework for this enduring, influential textbook written for counselor educators and their students, school leaders, practicing school counselors, and state or district supervisors. The fifth edition of this bestseller…
Descriptors: School Guidance, School Counseling, Comprehensive Guidance, Guidance Programs
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Caspersen, Joakim; Raaen, Finn Daniel – Teachers and Teaching: Theory and Practice, 2014
Teachers often describe their first teaching job following graduation as a shocking experience. This description raises several questions: Do novice teachers actually have a lower level of coping than experienced teachers? Are there factors in the work environment that make coping difficult for all teachers at a school? This paper compares the…
Descriptors: Novices, Coping, Beginning Teachers, Work Environment
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Zimmerman, Judith A. – ERS Spectrum, 2007
This qualitative case study describes the transitional experiences (first 4 1/2 months) of four school leaders. The "life cycle" of leaders is often short, necessitating job changes with resulting transitions, when new leaders must simultaneously learn their positions and make changes to improve schools. Using previous leadership…
Descriptors: Leadership, Principals, Qualitative Research, Case Studies
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Nettles, Mary Frances; Carr, Deborah H.; Cater, Jerry B.; Federico, Holly A. – Journal of Child Nutrition & Management, 2009
Purpose/Objectives: Study objectives were to identify the functional areas, competencies, knowledge, and skills needed by effective school nutrition (SN) assistants in the current SN environment, and determine at what point the SN assistant should be able to know/perform the knowledge/skill statement, at time of hire or after training. Methods: In…
Descriptors: Delphi Technique, Food Service, Occupational Information, Nutrition
National Institute for Excellence in Teaching, 2012
Two recent studies by Biancarosa et al. and by Saunders et al. have finally demonstrated that "job-embedded, sustained professional development" can significantly improve student achievement. But there's a catch. In both studies, effective professional development (PD) strategies were successful only under certain circumstances or only in some…
Descriptors: Teacher Evaluation, Faculty Development, Professional Development, Program Effectiveness
Biggs, Susan Connell; Hodgson, Kevin; Penniman, Bruce M. – National Writing Project (NJ1), 2008
Between 1999 and 2003, the Western Massachusetts Writing Project experienced a series of changes that made it question whether it could survive as a writing project site. The convergence of retirement, unexpected death, and withdrawal of long-term financial support forced the existing leadership to develop a process to look deeply into the work of…
Descriptors: Internet, Inquiry, Program Development, Change Strategies
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Walker, Joan M. T.; Dotger, Benjamin H. – Journal of Teacher Education, 2012
This study used text-related, video-based case materials to assess teacher candidates' readiness to communicate with families. Participants (N = 141) rated their efficacy for home-school communication and then responded to a description of a classroom-based challenge regarding one student's behavioral and academic performance. Next, they evaluated…
Descriptors: Video Technology, Self Efficacy, Parent Teacher Conferences, Parent School Relationship
Goodwin, Kenneth L., Jr. – ProQuest LLC, 2012
During the 2010-2011 school year, schools throughout the Red Clay Consolidated School District were expected to implement Professional Learning Communities (PLCs); however, little to no guidance was provided to school-level administrators and teacher teams. Not surprisingly, many schools implemented team meetings that were not aligned with…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Faculty Development, Academic Achievement, Educational Administration
Correll, Craig Alan – ProQuest LLC, 2010
In recent years there has been a greater emphasis on support, guidance and orientation programs for early career teachers, referred to as induction programs. Though on a smaller scale, similar induction programs have been implemented for early career principals as well. This study provides information on whether such programs have a positive…
Descriptors: Mentors, Poverty, Job Satisfaction, Principals
Springer, Matthew G.; Hamilton, Laura; McCaffrey, Daniel F.; Ballou, Dale; Le, Vi-Nhuan; Pepper, Matthew; Lockwood, J. R.; Stecher, Brian M. – National Center on Performance Incentives, 2010
In an effort to explore the impact of performance incentives in education, the National Center on Performance Incentives (NCPI) partnered with the Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools (MNPS) to conduct the Project on Incentives in Teaching, or POINT. The study examines the effects on student outcomes of paying eligible teachers bonuses of up to…
Descriptors: Control Groups, Teacher Behavior, Academic Achievement, Program Effectiveness
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