ERIC Number: ED235594
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982
Reference Count: 0
Patterns of School Organization: Resources and Responses in Sixteen Schools. Staffing and Resources Study Report No. 3. ACER Research Monograph No. 18.
This study documents the innovative utilization of resources in 16 exemplary schools and provides recommendations for staff deployment and school organization. Two introductory chapters place the report in the context of a wider study of which it is part and describe its conceptual framework. The following two chapters review the debate on case study research and discuss the organization, purposes, and methodology of this study. Chapter 5 offers brief descriptions of the schools selected, and the following five chapters analyze distinctive approaches to key processes in these schools: procedures for allocating students and teachers; aspects of teacher contact time; involvement of parents, support staff, community, and students in the teaching program; aspects of school program offerings; and policy determination processes. Chapter 11 investigates the effects of unique organizational characteristics of four alternative schools, and the closing chapter offers policy options including more flexible school staff configurations, new methods of attracting experienced teachers to isolated schools, alternative school structures to accommodate small numbers of senior students, the use of team teaching to create additional noncontact time for primary teachers, greater flexibility of class sizes, and careful formulation, implementation, and evaluation of school aims. (MJL)
Descriptors: Case Studies, Community Involvement, Curriculum, Decision Making, Educational Innovation, Educational Objectives, Elementary Secondary Education, Foreign Countries, Grouping (Instructional Purposes), Noninstructional Responsibility, Public Schools, Resource Allocation, School Administration, School Organization, School Personnel, School Size, Staff Utilization, Teacher Distribution, Team Teaching
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers; Researchers
Sponsor: Australian Education Council, Canberra.
Authoring Institution: Australian Council for Educational Research, Hawthorn.
Identifiers: Australia; New Zealand
Note: For related documents, see EA 016 156-158.