Date of Award
Morgridge College of Education, Educational Leadership and Policy Studies
Kristina Astrid Hesbol
Case study, High school, Phenomenology, School district demographic change, Students, Suburban schools
Over the past two to three decades, inner-ring suburban school districts in certain areas around the United States have experienced significant demographic change. These shifts influence who lives in these communities, as well as who attends schools in these K–12 school districts. In a metropolitan area, in the Rocky Mountain West Region of the United States, numerous school districts are experiencing such shifts. Although past empirical research has examined shifts through the lens of school leaders and teachers, few studies have explored how students experience this change.
This qualitative hermeneutic phenomenological case study examines how high school students experience these shifts. To examine this issue, Bradley Public Schools1 and the lived experiences of six high school students from Bradley serve as a lens through which I study this complex phenomenon.
One overarching research question and a sub research question anchor this study: What is the lived experience of high school students who are currently living through demographic change in their inner-ring suburban school district? and Within this innerring suburban school district currently experiencing demographic change, what can school-building and district-level leaders learn from the experiences of their students?
1Bradley Public Schools is a pseudonym used throughout this dissertation to protect the anonymity of the school district where this research was conducted.
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Isaac S. Solano
Received from ProQuest
Solano, Isaac S., "School District Demographic Change Through the Lens of High School Students: A Phenomenological Case Study" (2023). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 2241.
Educational leadership, Educational administration, Education policy
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