Page 8 - Volume 6 - Issue 1 - DBU Journal for K-12 Educational Leadership

6 Demographic Data The current study surveyed chief administrators from Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) accredited, K-12, private Christian schools in the United States. There were 25 participants in the initial round of data collection, 21 participants in the second round, and 19 in the third round. This attrition is common in Delphi studies because participants must wait between each round of data collection for the information to be analyzed before the next round of data collection can begin (Fink-Hafner et al., 2019). Chad Adam Nichols, EdD Results Ten Axioms of Cultural Integrity After analyzing the responses to the survey questions in the first round of data collection, 10 axioms related to school culture were developed based on the themes that emerged. These axioms were then submitted to the participants in a Likert scale instrument for the second and third rounds of data collection to determine which axioms were agreed upon through the consensus of the group. The axioms ultimately became the definition of the concept of cultural integrity in private Christian schools. The axioms are listed along with survey results in Table 1. Table 1 Comparison of Results between Round 2 and Round 3 Axiom Ratings Round 2 Round 3 Mission, vision, and values must be understood by all stakeholders to create a strong school culture. Strongly Agree 81% 78.9% Agree 19% 21.1% Neutral 0% 0% Disagree 0% 0% Strongly Disagree 0% 0% In private Christian schools, biblical instruction and spiritual development are necessary for a strong school culture. Strongly Agree 95.2% 94.7% Agree 4.8% 5.3% Neutral 0% 0% Disagree 0% 0% Strongly Disagree 0% 0% Human Resources decisions, both in hiring and dismissing employees have a critical impact on school culture. Strongly Agree 71.4% 73.7% Agree 28.6% 26.3% Neutral 0% 0% Disagree 0% 0% Strongly Disagree 0% 0% School culture is dictated, to a great extent by those in positions of leadership. Strongly Agree 52.4% 57.9% Agree 33.3% 31.6% Neutral 14.3% 10.5% Disagree 0% 0% Strongly Disagree 0% 0% To foster strong school culture, ALL school policies and procedures should be crafted with the intent of reflecting the mission, vision, and values of the school. Strongly Agree 61.9% 63.2% Agree 33.3% 31.6% Neutral 4.8% 5.3% Disagree 0% 0% Strongly Disagree 0% 0%