Distributive Leadership and Student Achievement: A Case Study

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dc.contributor.committeeChair Klinker , Jo Ann F . en_US
dc.contributor.committeeMember Duemer , Lee en_US
dc.contributor.committeeMember Valle , Fernando en_US
dc.degree.department Education en_US
dc.degree.discipline Educational Leadership en_US
dc.degree.grantor Texas Tech University en_US
dc.degree.level Doctor en_US
dc.degree.name Doctor of Education en_US
dc.creator Baiza , Randy D .
dc.date.accessioned 2014 -06 -06T20 :13 :20Z
dc.date.available 2012 -02 -27T20 :54 :22Z en_US
dc.date.available 2014 -06 -06T20 :13 :20Z
dc.date.issued 2011 -12 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http : / /hdl .handle .net /2346 /23879 en_US
dc.description.abstract The purpose of this case study was to investigate the interactions between leaders who practice distributive leadership and followers within a school which leads to the development of routines and tools that reinforce student achievement . Education is widely held to be essential for the survival and success of individuals and countries in the emerging global market . National leaders of all stripes place education at the center of their policy agendas . Agreement is also evident about the contributions of leadership in the implementation of virtually all initiatives aimed at improving student learning and school quality . It is therefore difficult to imagine a focus for research with greater social justification than educational leadership . Although distributive leadership is widely thought to be a powerful force for school effectiveness , this belief needs to be justified by empirical evidence . & #xD ; This qualitative study focused on one Texas public secondary school with a majority minority student composition ,which received a Blue Ribbon designation . Principal leadership behaviors , campus improvement team perceptions with regard to distributed leadership ideals served as a primary focus . More specifically , the purpose of this case study was to explore in depth relationships exhibited in an exemplary , Blue Ribbon school as identified by the Academic Excellence Indicator System (AEIS ) , that enable or constrain distributed leadership ideals central to this study . Capturing essential features such as the character of the leader , leadership styles ,followers and values that define curricular goals and the contextual rituals or processes used to communicate continuous improvement towards student success provided additional understanding . Multiple sources of information provided a detailed in -depth picture , including observations , interviews , documents and reports which served as criteria for data collection . & #xD ; The implications of this study's findings are significant . This case study adds further evidence to support research on distributive leadership and its relationship to student achievement . The research participants in particular the school district superintendent , and the school principal did not simply delegate tasks but practiced governance over the school's social and situational contexts . Through the sharing of intellect and opinion , acknowledging and maximizing expertise , teachers were called on to share their expertise in instruction as well as utilize opportunities or time , to dialogue , to share insights regarding students and the curriculum . Working together to improve instruction created shared roles pulling their expertise and initiative directed toward increasing student achievement . en_US
dc.language.iso en _US en_US
dc.subject Academic Excellence Indicator System (AEIS ) en_US
dc.subject Blue Ribbon Schools en_US
dc.subject Distributed Leadership en_US
dc.subject Principal en_US
dc.subject Professional Learning Community en_US
dc.subject Superintendent en_US
dc.subject Student achievement en_US
dc.subject Texas Assessment Knowledge and Skills (TAKS ) en_US
dc.subject Teaching en_US
dc.title Distributive Leadership and Student Achievement : A Case Study en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US


Distributive Leadership and Student Achievement: A Case Study. Texas Tech University. Available electronically from http : / /hdl .handle .net /2346 /23879 .

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