ERIC Number: ED238104
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982
Reference Count: 0
School District's Policy Cultivates Student Growth.
Educational R & D Report, v4 n4 p6-10 Win 1981-82
In a project led by Research for Better Schools (RBS), educators work with researchers to improve basic skills learning. Based on research findings relating the amount of time allocated for instruction and student achievement, one school made scheduling changes to reduce the time spent moving from one classroom to another. Other classroom variables directly related to student achievement include engagement rate, student engaged time, prior learning, and instructional overlap. The RBS approach to instructional improvement involves training supervisors and teachers to run through a four-phase decision-making cycle related to each of these five variables. First, teachers collect data on student achievement and their own classroom procedures. Second, teachers compare their data with data that researchers have collected on classrooms where achievement results are known to be high. Third, teachers select or prepare ways to modify their classroom conditions, and last, teachers implement their modifications. Staffs can be trained to calculate engaged time, try new techniques, and tag learning deficiencies before planning instruction. Results show that improvement efforts can succeed provided that school staff at all levels lend in their support. (LH)
Descriptors: Basic Skills, Classroom Research, Cooperative Planning, Data Collection, Educational Cooperation, Educational Research, Elementary Secondary Education, Instructional Improvement, Problem Solving, Program Descriptions, Program Implementation, School Policy, Skill Development, Teacher Effectiveness, Time on Task
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Policymakers; Practitioners
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Council for Educational Development and Research, Washington, DC.
Identifiers: PF Project; Research for Better Schools Incorporated; Researcher Practitioner Relationship
Note: Two sets of training RBA materials and a series of videotapes are available through Research for Better Schools, 444 N. Third St., Philadelphia, PA 19123.