Award Date


Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)


Educational Leadership

First Committee Member

Anthony Saville

Number of Pages



This case study described the restructuring process of Dixie High School, one of 10 schools in a restructuring consortium in Utah. The Utah State Office of Education established the consortium in 1990 and supported it by providing seed money and the opportunity to reevaluate state requirements. The study delineated the change process at this school from 1991-93, as it moved from a traditional organizational structure to a site-based management model. This study also examined how the school brought about change to enhance student learning and create a collaborative school culture. In addition, this analysis investigated the changes in roles and relationships of the staff and administration, the necessary events for change, barriers to change, and the degree to which the changes have persisted since the restructuring process started; Data for the study was acquired by interviewing teachers, administrators, and board members who were involved with the restructuring during the specified time period. Additional data was collected from project documents, personal notes, and other external sources; The study identified the salient issues, events, and problems that may face other schools undertaking restructuring. Although many of the issues were specific to this school setting, a number of generalizable results also surfaced that other schools could use in their quest for improvement.


Case; Change; High; Institutionalization; Restructured; School; Study

Controlled Subject

School management and organization

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4321.28 KB

Degree Grantor

University of Nevada, Las Vegas




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