ERIC Number: ED251491
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Oct-5
Reference Count: 0
Case Studies of School Improvement: A Concerns Based Approach. International School Improvement Project.
Pratt, Harold; And Others
This paper reports on two comprehensive multi-institutional collaborative efforts for school improvement. The two studies demonstrate that collaborative efforts involving multiple agencies and multiple agendas can be successful even when separated by considerable geographical distance. The school systems were concerned with implementing a locally developed curriculum; researchers, meanwhile, were investigating the implementation process and providing training. The conceptual framework used in both programs, the Concerns Based Adoption Model (CBAM), is summarized. Its diagnostic dimensions (Stages of Concern about the Innovation, Levels of Use of the Innovation, and Innovation Configuration) are discussed. The planning, implementation, and evaluation of the two case studies are summarized: the Jefferson County (JeffCo) (Colorado) Schools program to improve elementary science curriculum and instruction; and the Palm Beach (Florida) Schools development and implementation of the Unified Curriculum program. The JeffCo case provides a clear example of a concerns-based implementation effort and illustrates how the diagnostic dimensions of the CBAM can be used to plan, monitor, and intervene in improvement efforts. Addressing teacher concerns is emphasized. The Palm Beach study emphasizes principal inservice training for the role of implementaion facilitation. The collaboration of research teams from schools mentioned above and from the Research and Development Center for Teacher Education at the University of Texas at Austin led to the formulation of seven key principles for school improvement; six important unresolved issues are also presented. (BS)
Descriptors: Case Studies, Change Strategies, Curriculum Development, Educational Change, Educational Innovation, Elementary School Science, Elementary Secondary Education, Improvement Programs, Inservice Education, Institutional Cooperation, Instructional Materials, Principals, Program Implementation, Research and Development, Student Evaluation, Teacher Attitudes, Teachers
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, Paris (France). Centre for Educational Research and Innovation.; National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Concerns Based Adoption Model; Jefferson County School District CO; Palm Beach County Schools FL
Note: Paper presented at the meeting of the International School Improvement Project (Palm Beach, FL, November 1-6, 1982). Small print in several figures.