An analysis and comparison of school improvement planning models
The purpose of this study was to examine the relationship between the use of Breakthrough Thinking, as a planning model and selected measures of efficiency and effectiveness in the development of a School Improvement Plan. The measures of efficiency reviewed were: (a) number of meetings, (b) number of person hours, and (c) extent of community participation. The measures of effectiveness reviewed were: (a) district criteria, (b) state criteria, and (c) expert panel ratings. A total of 14 elementary schools participated in the study; two of the 14 schools were selected for an in-depth investigation. The findings of this study were presented through an examination of the data as it related to the following two hypotheses: Hypothesis 1--There is a positive relationship between the selected measures of efficiency and the use of Breakthrough Thinking in the development of a School Improvement Plan and Hypothesis 2--There is a positive relationship between the selected measures of effectiveness and the use of Breakthrough Thinking in the development of a School Improvement Plan. The study supported the following two conclusions: (a) regarding efficiency measures, the analysis of number of person hours and community participation supported Hypothesis 1; and (b) regarding effectiveness measures, district criteria, state criteria and expert panel ratings supported Hypothesis 2. Recommendations of the study included: (a) training educational leaders in the expanded use of Breakthrough Thinking, and (b) the use of Breakthrough Thinking in the development of School Improvement Plans. It was further recommended that a similar study be conducted with a larger sample size with additional provision for an expanded naturalistic design.
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Bozeman, William C.
Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)
College of Education
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Kennedy, Mary Patt, "An analysis and comparison of school improvement planning models" (1994). Retrospective Theses and Dissertations. 3466.