Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Education (MEd)


Graduate Education

First Advisor

Dennis Vander Plaats


This study examines the attitudes of Christian high school educators in Northwest Iowa and Southwest South Dakota toward educational innovation and change in secondary education. Faculty and administration rated ten innovations or practices for their value to Christian school secondary systems, their perceptions about which factors and individuals are influential in the decision-making process about affecting change in the secondary school system, and their personal response to change in the classroom. The results indicate that these educators believe that change is important, but they are less supportive of change that might disrupt the way that schools are currently organized. Respondents perceived that administration and faculty are significant influences in the decision-making process, but recognize the influence of other factors as significant as well. Examination of responses by category: administrators vs. faculty and lesser vs. more experienced personnel showed no significant difference in perceptions.


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