ERIC Number: ED329011
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
A Partnership of Memphis City Schools and Memphis State University for Data-Based Decision Making in Seven Schools Using School Based Decision Making: A Perspective from the University.
Valesky, Thomas C.; Etheridge, Carol Plata
A school-university partnership between Memphis State University and seven innercity schools, designed to enhance informed decision making by the schools through provision of university data, is described in this report. Data about the partnership process were collected from observations, document analyses, and interviews with all constituents. Three survey instruments that were developed in conjunction with a school-university collaborative program, Positive Attitudes in Tennessee Schools (PATS), were also administered to participating teachers, administrators, parents, and students. Findings suggest two values of school-college collaboration: (1) provision of resources to schools and supply of sources for university research; and (2) the generation of objective evaluation of reform efforts. Positive outcomes of the collaboration include the changing role of university researchers as collaborators and the improvement of school professionals' attitudes toward evaluation, resulting in recognition of their symbiotic relationship. Appendices include a group process and decision-making inventory, project evaluation findings, and a list of indicators of progress toward long-range goals. (6 references) (LMI)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Memphis City Schools TN; Memphis State University TN
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Association of School Administrators (New Orleans, LA, March 1-4, 1991).