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This dissertation investigates action planning and plan goals, primarily from the perspective of the school. The principal research questions were the following: (1) Do principals plan and act locally to implement global policy strategically envisioned by district policymakers? Or (2) Do they plan and act locally in response to local needs and retroactively fit the local plan to a global model? (3) Is there a corresponding difference in the content of their school action plans? An embedded case study method was applied for descriptive and theory-building purposes. The research strategy included personal interviews of 5 administrators, 8 principals, and 13 teachers, and examination of district documents. The result of statistical analyses indicated that the differences in the variables tested were not significant in relationship to the principals' approaches to alignment. Appendices include interview protocols, research question matrices, and various documents regarding transcription rules, preparation, coding, action-plan process development, and district strategic plans. (Contains 15 pages of references.) (DFR)

Descriptors: Action Research, Centralization, Decentralization, Educational Change, Educational Improvement, Elementary Secondary Education, Evaluation, Principals, Public Schools, School Districts, Standards, Strategic Planning

Author: Cohn, Gary David


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