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ERIC Number: ED569841
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 187
Abstractor: As Provided
ISBN: 978-1-3039-5168-8
Decision-Making Processes in Texas School Districts That Arm Personnel
Domain, Melinda Willoughby
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, Lamar University - Beaumont
This qualitative phenomenological study employed narrative inquiry to describe the decision-making processes that Texas school districts followed in enacting firearms policies that allow school employees to carry concealed weapons on district property. Exploration of the lived experiences of eight Texas superintendents in such schools contributed to the description. Participants were interviewed and asked what influenced their district's decision to arm employees and what decision-making processes the district followed in enacting their firearms policies. Interview data was analyzed using NVivo 10 for Mac-Beta to code and categorize data into themes as recommended by Creswell (2012). Findings include factors that influence districts' decisions to arm employees such as law enforcement response time, district vulnerability to intrusion, and the school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut. Additional findings support the concept of a common decision-making protocol schools can follow when enacting a firearms policy that allows for armed employees. The findings of this study suggest that the arming of school personnel can be systematically investigated and evaluated for appropriateness in any given school district. The study also finds that a school district's needs should be of primary consideration to superintendents and school boards when determining whether or not to pursue a firearms policy for employees. [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: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Texas