ERIC Number: ED225719
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982
Reference Count: 0
Program Organization in Western Australia's District High Schools. Research Series No. 1.
A study conducted in 1981-82 examined program organization in the secondary division of Western Australia's district high schools. Because small secondary schools throughout the Western World are increasing in number, the study had as its genesis a concern for such schools and an appreciation of the difficulties they face in maintaining viable programs. In addition to interviews and field trips to more isolated schools, information was gained through questionnaires distributed to district high school principals, deputy principals, staff members, and a stratified random sample of students and parents of students in Years 7 and upwards. Returned questionnaires represented results from 47 schools. The primary issues identified were the restricted range and continuity of subjects, the limited program alternatives, and the lack of curriculum relevance. A major complication was the problem of discontinuity of staffing. In order to maximize existing resources, program diversity might be achieved through cooperation between the school and its community, and through reorganization and redeployment of already existing resources. Although supervised used of distance education materials and new technologies have great potential for promoting diversity in school programs, teachers will need to learn new methods in order to cope with situations which the changed learning styles will create. (BRR)
Descriptors: Administrator Responsibility, Core Curriculum, Curriculum Design, Curriculum Development, Curriculum Evaluation, Curriculum Problems, Curriculum Research, Educational Facilities, Elementary Secondary Education, Faculty Mobility, High Schools, Questionnaires, Relevance (Education), Resource Allocation, Rural Areas, Rural Education, School Community Relationship, Small Schools, Specialists, Staff Utilization, Teacher Role
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Centre for Research on Rural Education, Nedlands (Western Australia).
Identifiers: Australia (Western Australia); Generalists; Isolation (Geographic); Sparsity (Population)