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Service-Learning Leadership adn Implementation in Selected Middle SchoolsThe Story of a Philadelphia School District Innovation: A Case Study

Taliaferro, Rhonda Lynne (2005) Service-Learning Leadership adn Implementation in Selected Middle SchoolsThe Story of a Philadelphia School District Innovation: A Case Study. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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The purpose of this study was to identify the definition of service-learning used in Philadelphia, recognize the practice as a K-12 teaching methodology in the School District of Philadelphia, examine the vision and leadership practices as a strategy for innovation, and observe implementation for sustainability in three selected middle schools.In this case study, the NUD*IST Version 4 computer software system was used in the process of qualitative data analysis for interviews with 20 middle school-based, central office, community, and state liaison leaders of service-learning.Service-learning in Philadelphia was examined by using the model of shared vision by Conrad and Martinez where school-based activity and practices were reviewed. Suggested leadership models for service-learning by Aguilera included transformational, and catalytic leadership, and cross-role leadership, of Fullan and Miles. Elements for effective service-learning implementation and outcomes with teachers, students, parents, and the community in large-scale efforts of change and reform were presented with suggestions from the voices of Philadelphia leaders.Implications and recommendations for the future in policy and practice of service-learning as a teaching methodology, innovation, and reform effort suggested dialogue reflection, and inclusion of all stakeholder groups; ongoing and frequent professional development with teachers, administrators, and the community; phase in and pilot testing to ensure buy in; connections with The No Child Left Behind legislation; considerations of time and scheduling; and cooperation in preparation and training with universities and school districts.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Taliaferro, Rhonda
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairGorman, Charles Jgorman@pitt.eduGORMAN
Committee MemberGoodwin, Sue Annsgoodwin@pitt.eduSGOODWIN
Committee MemberPorter, Maureen Kmporter@pitt.eduMPORTER
Committee MemberWerlinich, Josephjwerlini@pitt.eduJWERLINI
Date: 19 May 2005
Date Type: Completion
Defense Date: 12 April 2005
Approval Date: 19 May 2005
Submission Date: 16 May 2005
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: Service-learning; service-learning implementation;
Other ID:, etd-05162005-161005
Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2011 19:44
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2016 13:43


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