Texas State University – San Marcos
Lessons Left to Learn: A school shooting Case Study.
Degree: PhD, School Improvement, 2019, Texas State University – San Marcos
Safety is widely assumed to be a high priority for both policy and practice in American schools, and yet school shootings continue to occur. It is every principal’s salient nightmare. There are no universally accepted definitions of school shootings and little unified scholarship in the current research to guide change. The purpose of this study was to examine the phenomenon using first order data from a principal who has experienced a school shooting. Using a critical realist perspective this study used an in- depth single case to explore leadership and organizational factors which impact both the prevention and response in a shooting. A series of semi-structured interviews form the cornerstone of the data with supporting evidence from artifacts, documents, additional stakeholder interviews, and external sources. Results show a myriad of attributes converges to make school shootings to be highly complex events wherein many contributing factors are external to the institutions and the leaders who serve them. The data indicate strong systems of prevention and preparedness are clearly requisite to a safe school. Moreover, certain leadership skills are essential for building a culture of trust in which students feel safe enough to share potential threats. While there is no single solution, the study offers a range of proactive and responsive strategies to mitigate the risk, as well as recommendations for further study.
Advisors/Committee Members: Martinez, Melissa (advisor), Aidman, Barry (committee member), Baray, Sarah (committee member), Harris, Bergeron (committee member).
Subjects/Keywords: School shooting; Cognitive resource theory; Organizational theory; Leakage; Contagion; Risk factors; Threat assessment; Crisis prevention; Preparedness; Response
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APA (6th Edition):
Paris, B. (2019). Lessons Left to Learn: A school shooting Case Study. (Doctoral Dissertation). Texas State University – San Marcos. Retrieved from https://digital.library.txstate.edu/handle/10877/8136
Chicago Manual of Style (16th Edition):
Paris, Barbara. “Lessons Left to Learn: A school shooting Case Study.” 2019. Doctoral Dissertation, Texas State University – San Marcos. Accessed May 25, 2019.
MLA Handbook (7th Edition):
Paris, Barbara. “Lessons Left to Learn: A school shooting Case Study.” 2019. Web. 25 May 2019.
Paris B. Lessons Left to Learn: A school shooting Case Study. [Internet] [Doctoral dissertation]. Texas State University – San Marcos; 2019. [cited 2019 May 25].
Available from: https://digital.library.txstate.edu/handle/10877/8136.
Council of Science Editors:
Paris B. Lessons Left to Learn: A school shooting Case Study. [Doctoral Dissertation]. Texas State University – San Marcos; 2019. Available from: https://digital.library.txstate.edu/handle/10877/8136