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dc.contributor.advisorO'Malley, Michael
dc.contributor.authorAgnew, Brenda D. ( )
dc.identifier.citationAgnew, B. D. (2014). Mid-career middle school principals' perceptions of school improvement and school reform initiatives (Unpublished dissertation). Texas State University, San Marcos, Texas.

The purpose of this study was to determine how successful mid-career middle school principals (a) make meaning of the changing cycle of school improvement and school reform initiatives; (b) negotiate those initiatives with teachers on campus and; (c) how career stage theory affects decisions made by the principal about the timing and implementation of those initiatives. The principals were identified as successful because their campus had received the Middle School to Watch award from the Texas Middle School Association.

An interpretivist’s view was utilized for this study. Meaning was constructed from interviews conducted by the researcher with the principals and two principal identified teacher leaders on the campus. Each principal was considered one case study. Themes were utilized to write rich descriptions of each case study.

It was found when implementing change experience and commitment are important to teachers and principals. Additionally, it was found principals must build relationships with teachers, share/distribute leadership with teachers and develop the ability to reflect. Recommendations for practices and additional research were shared.

dc.format.extent176 pages
dc.format.medium1 file (.pdf)
dc.subjectMiddle school principal
dc.subjectSchool improvement
dc.subjectSchool reform initiatives
dc.subjectCase studies
dc.subject.lcshMiddle school principals--Texas--Attitudesen_US
dc.subject.lcshSchool improvement programs--Texasen_US
dc.subject.lcshEducational change--Texasen_US
dc.subject.lcshSchool management and organization--Texasen_US
dc.titleMid-Career Middle School Principals' Perceptions of School Improvement and School Reform Initiatives
dc.contributor.committeeMemberBonne, Mike
dc.contributor.committeeMemberGuerra, Patricia
dc.contributor.committeeMemberMartinez, Melissa, Leadership, Adult Education and School Psychologyen_US Improvement State Universityen_US of Philosophyen_US
dc.description.departmentCounseling, Leadership, Adult Education, and School Psychology



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