SAS Research Fellowship

SAS Research Fellowship

How Principals’ Decisions Impact Student Achievement The purpose of this study is to identify how principals make decisions that lead to improved student achievement. The researchers wish to know how these principals apply important direct knowledge of laws and policies to daily and moment-to-moment problem solving. This hermeneutic phenomenology study of the meaning of lived experiences of decision-making by expert principals will help the aspiring and the typical principal to apply their craft with confidence that will result in improved student achievement. The researchers will interview five principals of schools whose School Performance Grade grew from C, D or F to A or B. The researchers will interview the participants using open-ended questions to collect data as seen through the participant’s eyes-- his/her lived experiences. Four frameworks of leadership styles will be studied: structural framework, political framework, human framework or symbolic framework. The researchers will identify the essence of shared experiences that will converge into a universal nature of decision making. Also, school performance scores will be examined to see how these scores are a direct result of the principals’ decisions. NVivo 10 Software will be used to analyze the data to find convergent themes and patterns