WEST FALLS HIGH SCHOOL, A MODEL OF CHANGE, CLIMATE OF CHANGE: THE IMPLEMENTATION OF CHANGES AT WEST FALLS HIGH SCHOOL, WEST FALLS, PENNSYLVANIA, 1974-1981, FROM THE PERSPECTIVE OF THE PRINCIPAL

DAVID EDWARD COX, University of Pennsylvania

Abstract

My research examines and describes changes which had occurred from 1974 to 1981 in the culture of a suburban middle class high school from the perspective of the principal. The focus of this study examines the role of the building principal as the practitioner who identified the areas needing change, who designed and instituted the process for effecting these changes, and who then analyzed the impact of these changes on the educational climate of the high school.^ The methodology is a personal account told in narrative form of my tenure as principal of West Falls High School from 1974 to 1981. In such an ex post facto study, the emphasis must be on the memory of events and the feelings attendant on those events rather than on written account and personal notes as the events were occurring.^ One of the great concerns echoed in today's society is that the practitioner's voice is missing from the controversies associated with issues in formal education. Most educational critics and theorists speak from outside the educational system. We rarely hear from practitioners reflecting on their experiences.^ The basic question arising from this study appears to be: Is West Falls High School and the set of conditions surround the school in the early 1970s--a separate and district situation or representative of a larger segment of the public school milieu? To the extent that my study is representative, it will derive its usefulness to the educational community at large. ^

Subject Area

Education, Administration

Recommended Citation

DAVID EDWARD COX, "WEST FALLS HIGH SCHOOL, A MODEL OF CHANGE, CLIMATE OF CHANGE: THE IMPLEMENTATION OF CHANGES AT WEST FALLS HIGH SCHOOL, WEST FALLS, PENNSYLVANIA, 1974-1981, FROM THE PERSPECTIVE OF THE PRINCIPAL" (January 1, 1983). Dissertations available from ProQuest. Paper AAI8318157.
http://repository.upenn.edu/dissertations/AAI8318157

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