Date of Award

7-1-2008

Degree Type

Dissertation

University or Center

Clark Atlanta University(CAU)

School

School of Education

Degree Name

Ed.D.

Department

African-American Studies

First Advisor

Dr. Trevor Turner

Second Advisor

Dr. Sheila Gregory

Third Advisor

Dr. Darrell Groves

Abstract

If success is judged by parents and students voting with their feet, charter schools are in demand as these people are practically running to guarantee their children's admission into charter schools across the nation. Although it is premature to rest on this slim evidence without other indicators of success such as student performance; parents and students are choosing charter schools for a variety of personal and situational reasons that ale highlighted in this case study. The charter school in this case study is located in a southern metropolitan area. The charter school demographics consist of mainly middle class African American families who have decided to select the charter school as their child's primary education agency. This year long case study reflects the perceptions of parents. students, teachers. and community members with respect to hen satisfied they are ninth the charter school. The case study sought out to examine this level of satisfaction based on the schools goals. The research question that guided the study was: Do charter school goals provide a framework to identify and measure stakeholder satisfaction? Four specific research questions were used to develop the response to this guided research question. as well as a theme as a result of participants' responses. The case study design relied on three research strategies to determine conclusions and findings. These three strategies included interviews. observations and analyzing documents A qualitative design was used to describe the voices, perceptions, and experiences of the participants The recurring themes that were found in this study included student-teacher engagement, teacher creativity development. participation of civic and values, teaching awareness of recycling, conservation, and protection of environment; and the development of local political decision making. The conclusions. findings, and implications derived from an analysis of the data, which strongly relied on themes found.

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