ERIC Number: ED201444
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-May
Reference Count: 0
Life and Learning in an American Town: Quilcene, Washington.
Colfer, A. Michael; Colfer, Carol J. Pierce
The federal Experimental Schools (ES) project was not successful in the rural school district of Quilcene, Washington. The ES project was not helped by the pervasive and powerful social split between "public employees" and "locals." Each group had its own world-views, values, symbols, and life styles, and the school provided an arena for their conflict. The schools also served to emphasize and solidify Quilcene's other major social dividers: age-grade and sex. However, school sports activities provided vital school-community coherence. The ES program caused Quilcene residents to feel the pressure of external evaluation and to resent the externally imposed requirements. Still, once the program was in its implementation year, enthusiasm was at a peak. Much-needed plant improvements were made and many new curriculum components (reading improvement, expanded vocational education, career awareness) were implemented. Thereafter, teacher morale remained high but general enthusiasm for the program faded. Administrative conflict continued, resulting in an administrative style change but not a structural change. The sociocultural messages delivered in the school were the same. The cosmetic changes did not really affect education in the district but perhaps less tangible results of the ES program did. (SB)
Descriptors: Administrator Attitudes, Age Grade Placement, Age Groups, Athletics, Career Awareness, Community Attitudes, Community Characteristics, Educational Change, Educational Finance, Educational Planning, Elementary Secondary Education, Federal Aid, Federal Programs, Government Employees, Government School Relationship, Lumber Industry, Program Implementation, Reading Improvement, Rural Population, Rural Schools, Sex Role, Sex Stereotypes, Teacher Attitudes, Vocational Education
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Abt Associates, Inc., Cambridge, MA.
Identifiers: Experimental Schools Program; Quilcene School District WA; Washington
Note: For related documents see RC 012 669-671 and RC 012 673-675. This report was one of a series of site-specific case studies within the Longitudinal Study of Educational Change in Rural America.