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Building Capacity and Sustaining An All-Girls Public School

Murphy, Jennifer Lynn (2008) Building Capacity and Sustaining An All-Girls Public School. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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The purpose of this study was to investigate how an all-girls' urban public school has built capacity and sustained itself. Through this study, the researcher interviewed faculty and staff in their natural setting to identify the capacity building strategies the school has developed and used to sustain itself as a reform model. By presenting the data in narrative form, the researcher exposes the reader to a culture and climate that she experienced during her visit to the school.By analyzing the data collected, the researcher found that a nurturing environment built on collaboration, building relationships and high expectations by a dedicated faculty are necessary components to building capacity at an all-girls' public school. These characteristics have sustained this school for more than a decade, and it has become a standard that other schools and districts attempt to replicate.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Murphy, Jennifer
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairTrovato, Charlenetrovato@pitt.eduTROVATO
Committee MemberGunzenhauser, Michaelmgunzen@pitt.eduMGUNZEN
Committee MemberReginella, Ruthane
Committee MemberHughes, Seanshughes@pitt.eduSHUGHES
Date: 30 June 2008
Date Type: Completion
Defense Date: 19 March 2008
Approval Date: 30 June 2008
Submission Date: 12 April 2008
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Education > Administrative and Policy Studies
Degree: EdD - Doctor of Education
Thesis Type: Doctoral Dissertation
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: high school reform; single-sex education; capacity building; sustainability
Other ID:, etd-04122008-101110
Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2011 19:36
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2016 13:39


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