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dc.contributor.advisorCornelius-White, Jeffrey H. D.eng
dc.contributor.authorBonebrake, Tara Jeng
dc.date.issued2019eng
dc.date.submitted2019 Springeng
dc.description.abstractA democratic micro school is a school with fewer than 150 students that ascribes to a democratic leadership structure where all of the school community members, especially the students, have leadership in their learning. The purpose of this study was to develop a better understanding of the lived experiences of the members of a democratic micro school community, especially regarding leadership and democratic principles. The primary researcher used a mixed-method design with an embedded phenomenological case study to analyze a single democratic micro school. All primary stakeholders in the school community were subjects of this study which included the students, parents, and educators. The data collection process included a survey, focus groups, interviews, observations, and other school artifacts. Using six democratic principles and the LMX theory, this study to added to the literature by addressing the experiences of those individuals attending independent schools. Achieving democracy in school allows students and teachers to have control of their learning experiences. This study supported the importance of communication and trust and caring as the educational foundation upon which equity, curriculum and interests, vision and goals, and community relied. Future research could expand the understanding of democratic micro schools beyond the single case used in this study.eng
dc.description.bibrefIncludes bibliographical referenceseng
dc.format.extentvii, 149 pages : illustrationeng
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/10355/70016
dc.identifier.urihttps://doi.org/10.32469/10355/70016eng
dc.languageEnglisheng
dc.publisherUniversity of Missouri--Columbiaeng
dc.relation.ispartofcommunityUniversity of Missouri--Columbia. Graduate School. Theses and Dissertationseng
dc.rightsOpenAccess.eng
dc.rights.licenseThis work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 License.
dc.subject.otherMicro schooleng
dc.subject.otherDemocratic leadershipeng
dc.subject.otherLeader-Member Exchange (LMX) theoryeng
dc.subject.otherEducationeng
dc.titleA mixed method phenomenological case study of how members of a democratic micro school experience leadership and democratic principleseng
dc.typeThesiseng
thesis.degree.disciplineEducational leadership and policy analysis (MU)eng
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Missouri--Columbiaeng
thesis.degree.levelDoctoraleng
thesis.degree.nameEd. D.eng


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