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dc.contributor.authorHess, Brenda F.en_US
dc.date.accessioned2014-03-14T20:20:45Z
dc.date.available2014-03-14T20:20:45Z
dc.date.issued1998-12-07en_US
dc.identifier.otheretd-121598-200118en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10919/30116
dc.description.abstractLEARNING HOW TO GROW: A CASE STUDY OF SCHOOL RENEWAL IN ONE ELEMENTARY AND MIDDLE SCHOOL By Brenda F. Hess Dr. Jerome A. Niles, Co-Chair Dr. David J. Parks, Co-Chair Educational Administration (ABSTRACT) School Renewal is a broadly defined process used as an alternative route to school improvement and regional accreditation. However, there is no direct evidence to support its use. To date, there have been no systematic inquiries to document the regional accrediation process of improving an elementary and middle school through the School Renewal process. This study was an inquiry into the School Renewal accreditation process in an elementary and middle school. The study focused on the structure of the School Renewal process, the processes in which participants engaged, and the outcomes of the School Renewal process as related to planning, climate, communication, curriculum and instruction, and staff development. The design included a case study with a rich, descriptive, narrative format for reporting. The participants included the principal, assistant principal, all faculty and staff members, parents and community members of Honaker Elementary and Middle School who were members of one of the School Renewal committees. Data from documents, observations and interviews of participants, and the researcher's journal were analyzed to build a complete case narrative. The findings were organized into three major themes from the School Renewal process: the structure of school renewal; the processes of leadership including communication and involvement of participants in the School Renewal process; and the outcomes of School Renewal. A number of major understandings emanated from the study that help to elaborate existing descriptions of the School Renewal process. Planning and structuring the process created the framework and foundation from which to begin the School Renewal process. A democratic, supportive principal and a strong teacher leader emerged as key participants at the school level. School-wide communication was a vital component. The roles of participants, representation of stakeholders, and active involvement helped facilitate participant motivation that bound the participants together throughout the renewal process.en_US
dc.publisherVirginia Techen_US
dc.relation.haspart01dissertation.pdfen_US
dc.rightsI hereby grant to Virginia Tech or its agents the right to archive and to make available my thesis or dissertation in whole or in part in the University Libraries in all forms of media, now or hereafter known. I retain all proprietary rights, such as patent rights. I also retain the right to use in future works (such as articles or books) all or part of this thesis or dissertation.en_US
dc.subjectRegional accreditation processen_US
dc.subjectSchool renewalen_US
dc.subjectSouthern Association of Colleges and Schoolsen_US
dc.titleLearning How to Grow: a Case Study of School Renewal in One Elementary and Middle Schoolen_US
dc.typeDissertationen_US
dc.contributor.departmentEducational Leadership and Policy Studiesen_US
dc.description.degreeEd. D.en_US
thesis.degree.nameDoctor of Educationen_US
thesis.degree.leveldoctoralen_US
thesis.degree.grantorVirginia Polytechnic Institute and State Universityen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineEducational Leadership and Policy Studiesen_US
dc.contributor.committeememberParson, Stephen R.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberCutlip, Bobbi J.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberYardley, Dianne R.en_US
dc.identifier.sourceurlhttp://scholar.lib.vt.edu/theses/available/etd-121598-200118/en_US
dc.contributor.committeecochairParks, David J.en_US
dc.contributor.committeecochairNiles, Jerome A.en_US
dc.date.sdate1998-12-15en_US
dc.date.rdate1998-12-16
dc.date.adate1998-12-16en_US


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