Author(s)

Donna Marable

Date Approved

6-15-2011

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Ed.D. Educational Leadership

Department

Educational Leadership

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Coaxum, James III

Subject(s)

High school principals;Academic achievement

Disciplines

Elementary and Middle and Secondary Education Administration

Abstract

This participatory action research project explores the leadership of a female African American high school principal in an urban district who applies the principles in Jim Collins' Good to Great (2001, 2005) to improve academic performance in a ninth grade academy. Participatory Action Research (PAR) is defined as planning, acting, observing, reflecting, and repeating each cycle in a spiral of self-reflective cycles. The data was captured through qualitative and quantitative data collection strategies. The study is written as an autoethnographic self-narrative and is a self-reflective study of my leadership. The findings of this study suggest that applying the principles in Jim Collins' (2001, 2005) Good to Great Framework as a second-order change initiative can increase academic performance in an urban school district by improving classroom instruction. This study although not statistically significant, allows for the preponderance of inferences and is significant and germane to female urban school administrators.

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