ERIC Number: ED163610
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Jun
Reference Count: 0
Subschools: Report of a Study of Planned Change in a Government Secondary School. Discussion Paper No. 4.
Williams, Michael C.
This report contains the results of a formative evaluation of the subschool system at Hamilton Senior High School in the state of Western Australia. To implement the subschool system, the school, housing grades 8 through 12, was divided into smaller administrative and social units. In the final stages of reorganization, the school was made up of four subschools--one containing grades 11 and 12, and three schools that each contained grades 8, 9, and 10. Each school was housed in a separate part of the building and had its own head. Data were collected through staff questionnaires, staff and student interviews, and classroom observations. Information from examination results, minutes of school meetings, school reports, and school notices was also used. Results indicated many advantages of the subschool system, including teachers' increased attention to student development, greater staff involvement in and commitment to the school, and an improved home-school relationship. Problems included a need for additional resources, abuse of teacher tolerance, the danger of declining academic standards, and incompatibilities of subschool heads and staff. The report also focuses on implications for other school systems, including detailed characteristics of subschool organization and functions, and the process of planning and implementing change. (Author/JM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Western Australian Education Dept., Perth. Research Branch.
Identifiers: Australia (Western Australia)