Date on Master's Thesis/Doctoral Dissertation


Document Type

Doctoral Dissertation

Degree Name

Ed. D.

Department (Legacy)

Department of Leadership, Foundations, and Human Resource Education

Committee Chair

Stringfield, Sam

Author's Keywords

Middle to high school transitions; Articulation activities


Educational change--Kentucky--Grant County; Student adjustment; High school students; Middle school students


This study investigated the impact of articulation activities and the extent to which the Grant County Kentucky school district operated as a learning organization during the implementation of a research-based middle to high school student transition initiative. Grant County is predominantly rural, located between Louisville, Kentucky and Cincinnati, Ohio, and includes the town of Williamstown, Kentucky. This study analyzed the Grant County schools' to determine if they functioned as a learning organization to the characteristics common to organizational learning, high reliability organizations and effective schools that included the characteristics of systemic process, leadership/vision, collaboration, and the use of measures. This study's findings indicated that by using characteristics common to OL, HRO and ES in the development and implementation of this middle school to high school transition initiative, Grant County Schools' educators created a shared vision, developed systemic processes, created opportunities for teachers to collaborate within and between schools, and had a shared focus on the use of data to improve and to operate as a learning organization.