The signature pedagogy of LEEP is writing of a dissertation that utilizes a Design Development Study (DDS). LEEP students engage in an iterative process. They define and bound a problem, assess local needs, and access the research literature and their experience to expand on pre-conceived notions of the problem. They then imagine and design a remedy, assess available resources, implement the remedy, and evaluate its impact and effects. Here is what design development asks people to do:
- What behaviors or practices, exactly, need changing in the short or medium term?
- Where will we be 6 months from now in changing these practices?
- How do we know we got there?
- Before we choose a solution path, what makes us think that it will change people the way we envision?
- How do our proximal changes fit in with our big goal of improving student learning?
Below is a sample of Design Development Dissertations. Click on a title to download the complete dissertation.
- Baham, E. (2014). School Capacity and Overload Review (SCORE): Measuring School Capacity to Maximize School Improvement.
- Inglesby, B. (2014). Principals Utilizing Leadership for Special Education: The PULSE Workshop Model for Improving the Practice of Instructional Leadership for Special Education.
- Morizawa, G. H. (2014). Nesting the Neglected “R”: Writing Instruction within a Prescriptive Literacy Program.
- Soles, B. (2013). The SHU:SH Project (Slurs Hurt Us: Safety and Health): Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Students at School.
- Wayne, M. (2011). Visiting Classrooms: A Design Study to Support Principals’ Instructional Leadership.