ERIC Number: ED235561
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Apr-11
Reference Count: 0
Effective School Research: Will It Play in the Country?
Buttram, Joan L.; Carlson, Robert V.
This report describes a study which tested the applicability to rural schools of "effective school" research, which focuses on characteristics associated with schools found effective through analysis of standardized student achievement test scores. Strategies for providing input from local personnel included research awareness sessions, a graduate level university course, and testing the assessment and improvement process in a small elementary school. Data provided by a questionnaire distributed to all school staff, interviews of teachers and the superintendent, and archival documents were used to assess school strengths and weaknesses in terms of seven effective school characteristics: safe and orderly environment, clear school mission, principal's instructional leadership, high expectations for achievement, student time on task, frequent monitoring of progress, and supportive home-school relations. Intended as a measure of educational equity, a correlation of achievement test scores with socioeconomic status was inconclusive due to the small number of students. Aside from contextual differences, results generally paralleled those found in urban schools. The conclusion is that with some recommended modifications, effective school research is relevant to rural settings and can encourage rural school personnel to examine and improve their practices. Summary profiles of interview and questionnaire data are appended. (MJL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Effective School Research; Vermont
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Montreal, Quebec, Canada, April 11-15, 1983).