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Type of Document Dissertation
Author Lasserre-Cortez, Shannon
URN etd-07102006-131728
Title A Day in the PARC: An Interactive Qualitative Analysis of School Climate and Teacher Effectiveness through Professional Action Research Collaboratives
Degree Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
Department Educational Leadership, Research & Counseling
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Charles Teddlie Committee Chair
Amy Westbrook Committee Member
Eugene Kennedy Committee Member
S. Kim MacGregor Committee Member
Keywords
  • interactive qualitative analysis
  • teacher effectiveness
  • school climate
  • action research
  • professional development
Date of Defense 2006-05-15
Availability unrestricted
Abstract
This study examines the effects Professional Action Research Collaboratives (PARCs) have on several variables including teacher effectiveness, school effectiveness, and school climate. Mixed methods including Interactive Qualitative Analysis and non-parametric Mann Whitney U statistics were used to explore these effects. PARC participation was found to have no significant effect on school climate or teacher effectiveness; however, PARC Schools demonstrated higher school effectiveness scores than Comparison Schools. This project also generated a systems relationship diagram of school climate in PARC schools using Interactive Qualitative Analysis, and this paper offers a criticism of this fledgling method of data collection and analysis. There are, to this date, no published studies utilizing the IQA method. Although IQA is ultimately a detailed and time-consuming undertaking, the process is supported by detailed organization, supportive data collection and analysis tools, and methodological rigor. These characteristics make IQA an attractive choice for new researchers in need of a guided method of analysis, or researchers with quantitative leanings who may face a qualitative research question. Several limitations to IQA were uncovered during the extent of this study. Most of these limitations, such as unfamiliar jargon and unusual methods of data collection and analysis, are to be expected with the introduction of new methods and an accompanying vocabulary and will subside with utilization of the methodology.
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