n Journal of Educational Studies - Barriers to learner performance : learning from turnaround efforts in low performing schools

Special issue 1
  • ISSN : 1680-7456



The study of school turnarounds is a relatively new phenomenon that borrows from the concept of business turnaround. School turnaround is a process that fully reforms the environment and practices in the lowest performing schools. The purpose of this comparative study is to examine the implementation of turnaround strategies and to determine the factors during the implementation of the turnaround strategies that caused the strategies either to succeed or to fail. To do this, the researcher probed the lived experiences of principals in two types of chronically low performing schools:

a) Schools that have shown clear and unambiguous growth, and
b) Schools that have regressed.
Surveying the perspectives of principals, relative to the implementation of turnaround strategies should lead to a better understanding of how such strategies could be appropriately implemented. The qualitative research design for this study included in-depth, semi-structured interviews with teachers and the principals of the two low-performing schools.

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