ERIC Number: ED059799
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-May
Reference Count: 0
Oregon Small Schools Program: A Title III Project. Independent Evaluation Report.
Educational Coordinates Northwest, Salem, OR.
An independent evaluation report (May 1971) by Educational Coordinates Northwest, this document examines the Oregon Small Schools Program (a Title III project of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act). Three major areas were considered: the extent to which member schools implemented methodological and organizational changes, the established climate for change, and the extent to which project schools have moved toward implementation of the Oregon Board of Education objectives. Survey data were collected from all member schools regarding innovative practices. Additional data, particularly in the area of methodology, were collected by classroom observation and questionnaires in 20 randomly selected elementary and secondary schools (20% of member schools). It was found, for example, that 22% of teachers' time was spent in teacher-oriented instruction (over 50% is average); students spent 25% of time on assignments with no fellow student or teacher interaction (may not be most productive); there was little use of media or the small group process; 80% of the students perceived that half or less of the instruction they received was related to their real concerns; a substantial amount of confidence between teachers and administrators was noted, but with some communication breakdown due to decisions generally made at the top producing some teacher resistance to organizational goals; the newsletter was comprehensive and widely read by staff; and program workshops were deemed of real value and were effective for information dissemination. It was recommended, for example, that the director be allowed more school visitation time and that his priorities be reevaluated. Recommendations in each major area are considered. (MJB)
Descriptors: Data Collection, Educational Innovation, Elementary Schools, Experimental Schools, Federal Programs, Individualized Programs, Information Dissemination, Institutional Role, Organizational Climate, Organizations (Groups), Pilot Projects, Program Evaluation, Questionnaires, Research, Rural Education, Secondary Schools, Small Group Instruction, Small Schools, Surveys, Tables (Data)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Division of Plans and Supplementary Centers, BESE.; Oregon State Board of Education, Salem. Oregon Small Schools Program.
Authoring Institution: Educational Coordinates Northwest, Salem, OR.