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MacFeely, Richard W.

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Ed.D. (Doctor of Education)

Legacy Department

Department of Leadership in Educational and Sport Organizations


High schools--Illinois--Administration; High schools principals--Time management--Illinois


Much has been written on the general subject of time management. For the past few decades, the management of time in the school day has come to the forefront of the field of education. The focus of this study was the management of time in the school day of high schools. A further interest was to determine what motivated school administrators to change or consider a change in the way they manage time. Also considered in this study were obstacles that hindered any changes or planning of changes in time management by school administrators. The literature review revealed that there are two forms of time management used in schools: traditional time schedules and nontraditional schedules. Nontraditional time management can be divided into two types: year-round schooling and block scheduling. The review of the literature also revealed that in the state of Illinois, year-round schooling in high schools is not currently being used outside the Chicago Public School system. Therefore, the prominent form of nontraditional time management used in Illinois public high schools is block scheduling. Results of a survey sent to the high schools in the state of Illinois indicate that the altering of the school day was accomplished predominantly through block scheduling. There were several motivators that influenced school administrators to use block scheduling or a specific form of this nontraditional time-management technique. None of the obstacles identified by the literature was significant in preventing changes. This causal-comparative study concluded that nontraditional forms of time management are being used in different public high schools in the state of Illinois and that school administrators have specific reasons to use or plan the use of a specific type of time management.


Includes bibliographical references (pages [96]-103)


xii, 177 pages




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