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The Classroom Walkthrough: The perceptions of Elementary School Principals on its Impact on Student Achievement

Rossi, Guy A. (2007) The Classroom Walkthrough: The perceptions of Elementary School Principals on its Impact on Student Achievement. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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ABSTRACTThe purpose of this qualitative study was to focus on elementary school principals using the walkthrough model and to evaluate how the walkthrough model improves student learning. The goal was to identify the key indicators of success from elementary principals that used the Walkthrough Observation Tool from the Principals Academy of Western Pennsylvania.The research questions investigated elementary school principals' perceptions of the impact of the classroom walkthrough model. Participants were selected because of their involvement and experiences with the walkthrough model developed by Joseph Werlinich and Otto Graf, Co-directors of the Principals Academy of Western Pennsylvania. Methods of data collection were face-to-face semi-structured interviews. The interviews were transcribed verbatim and content analysis was used to identify consensus, supported, and individual themes.Key findings of this study indicate that the classroom walkthrough did affect instructional practices and student achievement from the perspective of the elementary school principals. The study showed that teachers are sharing and more aware of best practices, principals are more aware of what is occurring in the classrooms, principals have meaningful data to share with teachers, and principals are better-informed instructional leaders.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Rossi, Guy A.gar6@pitt.eduGAR6
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairWerlinich, Josephjwerlini@pitt.eduJWERLINI
Committee MemberGraf`, Ottoograf@pitt.eduOGRAF
Committee MemberSeckinger, Richard
Committee MemberGoodwin, Suesgoodwin@pitt.eduSGOODWIN
Date: 27 September 2007
Date Type: Completion
Defense Date: 6 June 2007
Approval Date: 27 September 2007
Submission Date: 29 July 2007
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: teacher supervision; walkthrough; Western Pennsylvania Principals Academy
Other ID:, etd-07292007-140309
Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2011 19:54
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2016 13:47


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