School of Education
Doctor of Education (EdD)
Primary Subject Area
Education, Administration; Education, General
Education, Leadership, Phenomenological, Realignment, Reform, Transcendental
Educational Administration and Supervision | Educational Leadership | Elementary and Middle and Secondary Education Administration
Gardner, Theresa, "A Qualitative Inquiry into Teachers' Perceptions of Change" (2013). Doctoral Dissertations and Projects. 756.
The purpose of this study was to identify teachers' perceptions of how leadership styles and practices of administration can improve the process of broad-based change in an educational organization. The study focused on the lived experiences of 12 teachers and school administrators (coresearchers) during a major change in their school district. Guided interviews were utilized in order to understand the essence of their experiences. Results indicated the importance of communication during the process of change as it relates to perceptions of involvement, buy-in, self-worth, job satisfaction, and support and impact on instruction.