Justin Raap

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Education (MEd)


Graduate Education

First Advisor

Patricia C. Kornelis


This action research project examined the various perspectives around effective board governance of current and former board members and administrators working in covenantal Christian schools. The survey, administered to participants working with covenantal schools across Canada, contained fifteen questions related to effective board governance components. Participants were also able to provide anecdotal qualitative feedback if desired. The results of the study revealed that there is notable agreement as to the importance of various components related to effective board governance in covenantal schools; however, there are a few areas where boards in covenantal schools may have opportunity for growth. These include areas such as professional growth and development and drafting and strengthening concise governance policy handbooks. The findings of the study suggest that boards and school leaders in covenantal schools should continue active discussion in their school communities about components necessary to effective board governance while maintaining their strong commitment to covenantal education


Action Research Project Submitted in Partial Fulfillment Of the Requirements for the Degree of Master of Education