ERIC Number: ED217560
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Mar
Reference Count: 0
The University Role in School Improvement.
Lezotte, Lawrence W.
Universities can help elementary and secondary schools undertake school improvement programs under certain conditions. First, it should be recognized that programs are most effective when individual schools rather than whole systems are the objects of the improvement efforts. Second, it should be understood that university-sponsored school assistance agencies have a greater responsibility to advocate proven improvement programs than do individual faculty members. The Center for School Improvement at Michigan State University requires proof that five standards have been met before programs are allowed to be advocated to practitioners. The programs must be proven to be knowledge based, educative in nature, programmatic in form, focused on the problem, and client oriented and collaborative. Even when universities cannot undertake the research, development, and evaluation processes necessary to prove program effectiveness, the university can still play a role in school improvement, particularly through encouragement of individual faculty efforts. Research dissemination, research synthesis, and research application efforts can be urged, and faculty members can serve as group facilitators, trained observers, and program evaluators. (Author/PGD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Center for School Improvement
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New York, NY, March 19-23, 1982).