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School-business partnerships: Awareness, attitudes, and actions of secondary school principals and their business counterparts in selected Florida school districts

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2004
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The role of the business partner in education has come into more prominence in the public school system, especially at the high school level. Shrinking budgets have prompted high school principals to explore the idea of business partnerships as a way to close the gap in academic achievement and provide direction for high schools struggling to meet the workforce development demands in today's society. In addition, financial support has provided opportunities for curriculum enhancement, staff development, and student support. However, as more emphasis is placed on the development of school business partnerships, the need to determine how these partnerships function successfully is a necessary part of the process. This study looked at the historical perspective concerning the involvement of the business sector and their relationship with education throughout the twentieth century. This exploratory study utilized quantitative and qualitative data gathering procedures. The purpose of this study was to identify the skills and knowledge that high school principals and their business counterparts need to have to create an equitable relationship. High school principals from three school districts in the State of Florida were asked to complete a quantitative survey, including a section in which they named their business partners. A section was provided for each principal to agree to a personal interview. One principal from each Florida school district was selected at random from among those returned surveys in which the principal agreed to be interviewed. In addition, a photo matrix was created by visiting each high school campus in which the principal agreed to an interview in order to collect data of businesses that had visible name recognition. The top six business partners based upon frequency of appearance or as indicated by the principal were selected from the matrix and contacted for an interview. The research questions that guided this study were (a) What is the nature of the relationship between high schools and their business partners? (b) What do high school principals need to know in order to create equitable business partnerships? (c) What do business partners need to know in order to create equitable education partnerships? (d) Based on this study, what recommendations emerge that will promote more equitable relationships between business and education partnerships?
Title: School-business partnerships: Awareness, attitudes, and actions of secondary school principals and their business counterparts in selected Florida school districts.
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Name(s): Wechter, Dennis.
Florida Atlantic University, Degree grantor
Bogotch, Ira, Thesis advisor
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Electronic Thesis Or Dissertation
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 2004
Publisher: Florida Atlantic University
Place of Publication: Boca Raton, Fla.
Physical Form: application/pdf
Extent: 222 p.
Language(s): English
Summary: The role of the business partner in education has come into more prominence in the public school system, especially at the high school level. Shrinking budgets have prompted high school principals to explore the idea of business partnerships as a way to close the gap in academic achievement and provide direction for high schools struggling to meet the workforce development demands in today's society. In addition, financial support has provided opportunities for curriculum enhancement, staff development, and student support. However, as more emphasis is placed on the development of school business partnerships, the need to determine how these partnerships function successfully is a necessary part of the process. This study looked at the historical perspective concerning the involvement of the business sector and their relationship with education throughout the twentieth century. This exploratory study utilized quantitative and qualitative data gathering procedures. The purpose of this study was to identify the skills and knowledge that high school principals and their business counterparts need to have to create an equitable relationship. High school principals from three school districts in the State of Florida were asked to complete a quantitative survey, including a section in which they named their business partners. A section was provided for each principal to agree to a personal interview. One principal from each Florida school district was selected at random from among those returned surveys in which the principal agreed to be interviewed. In addition, a photo matrix was created by visiting each high school campus in which the principal agreed to an interview in order to collect data of businesses that had visible name recognition. The top six business partners based upon frequency of appearance or as indicated by the principal were selected from the matrix and contacted for an interview. The research questions that guided this study were (a) What is the nature of the relationship between high schools and their business partners? (b) What do high school principals need to know in order to create equitable business partnerships? (c) What do business partners need to know in order to create equitable education partnerships? (d) Based on this study, what recommendations emerge that will promote more equitable relationships between business and education partnerships?
Identifier: 9780496865680 (isbn), 12097 (digitool), FADT12097 (IID), fau:9007 (fedora)
Collection: FAU Electronic Theses and Dissertations Collection
Note(s): College of Education
Thesis (Ed.D.)--Florida Atlantic University, 2004.
Subject(s): Business and education--Florida
Education, Cooperative--Florida
Community and school--Florida
School management and organization--Florida
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