ERIC Number: ED065406
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972
Reference Count: 0
Profiles of Promise: Number One.
Levy, Tedd; And Others
Profiles of Promise is a series of descriptive brochures that highlight social studies and social education practices that teachers and administrators can easily adapt to their own situation. This number describes efforts at Bell Junior High School in Golden, Colorado to create a democratic environment. In the initial process of establishing goals, Project Director George Carnie talked with students and teachers about opportunities and changes needed. Teachers designed specific activities to allow students to achieve these common objectives. In the process, the principal's power was redistributed to actively involve staff, students, and community in daily operating procedures, staff policies, etc. The redistribution began by listing all school tasks and making them available to the willing and qualified. A process of growth and renewal is the basis for Bell's plan. Four processes form this growth plan: problem solving, school decision-making, open communication, and personal accountability. These four same processes are topics for an inservice program arranged with a nearby university. Individual differences in the need for structure are taken into account, meaning that neither traditional nor innovative teachers are forced into a particular teaching style. A process of continual evaluation, both objective and subjective, provides important feedback on the entire effort. (JLB)
Descriptors: Democratic Values, Educational Change, Educational Environment, Educational Experiments, Educational Innovation, Human Development, Humanistic Education, Individual Development, Instructional Innovation, Junior High Schools, Participation, Relevance (Education), School Administration, School Community Relationship, Social Development, Student Participation, Teacher Participation
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Center for Educational Communication (DHEW/OE), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Social Science Education Consortium, Inc., Boulder, CO.; ERIC Clearinghouse for Social Studies/Social Science Education, Boulder, CO.