ERIC Number: ED326559
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
A Study of Six Appalachian High Schools.
Bobbett, Gordon C.; And Others
Common characteristics were investigated in four effective secondary schools in the rural Appalachian regions of Kentucky and Tennessee. A double loop process was used to select schools from a pool recommended by the Chief State School Officers of Kentucky and Tennessee. Schools were rated on aspects of student performance and teacher and administrator perceptions. Three schools with the highest point totals were selected from each state. Researchers made site visits to interview the principal and 10 faculty members and administered measures of school environment and organization to 20 faculty members. On-site observations supplemented the surveys. Major findings on school climate include that the schools were: (1) orderly and pleasant; (2) characterized by purposeful activity; (3) caring; (4) concerned about student and community involvement; (5) celebrating achievements of students and faculty; and (6) staffed with highly committed individuals. The following outcome orientations are noted: personal development of students was a primary orientation in these schools; school goals were not always clearly defined or commonly accepted; communication with students tended to be more informal than formal; expectations were high, but not always uniform; communication processes were varied; and these schools used various means of monitoring success. Additional areas for investigation of school effectiveness are suggested. Survey results are included in 11 appendices. (SLD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Appalachia Educational Lab., Charleston, WV.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Appalachia; Kentucky; Tennessee
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Mid-South Educational Research Association (19th, New Orleans, LA, November 14-16, 1990).