Chris Unger


Sara Ewell, Marge Harris

Date of Award


Date Accepted


Degree Grantor

Northeastern University

Degree Level


Degree Name

Doctor of Education

Department or Academic Unit

College of Professional Studies, School of Education


education, educational leadership, curriculum development, educational administration, collaboration, distributed leadership, leadership, professional learning communities


Education | Educational Assessment, Evaluation, and Research


This research study explored how one middle school in a suburban New Hampshire town translates existing models of leadership into practice and how teachers experience these differences in practice. The research examined how school leaders balance formal and cultural models of leadership to affect change on a day-to-day level. In addition, the research explored how a particular context, including climate and culture, of a district affects the implementation of a leadership model. Finally, it examined how teachers perceive and experience cultural and formal models of leadership and the change process they generate. This research followed a single site case study of one middle school and included embedded cases studying various groups and stakeholders within the school.

Document Type

Doctoral Thesis

Rights Information

copyright 2012

Rights Holder

Cara Procek

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