ERIC Number: ED335767
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Apr
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Examining the Evidence: Reflection and Notation in Network Communication.
Livingston, Carol C.
Reflection and notation in communications in the School Renewal Network, a national collegium of practitioners engaged in school reform activities, are examined in this paper. The network was designed to create an interactive knowledge base for school restructuring that would link educators in meaningful dialogue based on research and current practice. Primary data sources include records from seven selected network sessions, a survey of school-site coordinators, interviews with Mastery In Learning Project (MILP) participants, log file analysis, and network interaction analysis. Secondary data sources include an OERI researcher questionnaire and practitioner interviews, interviews with selected network participants, and other MILP documents. Findings indicate that the use of reflective, deliberative dialogue enhances participant empowerment; however, the network generally has not been used as an interactive tool or to meet student needs. The recommendation is made to incorporate indepth focus with the expanding scope of the knowledge base. Analysis of participant interchanges suggests that the network stimulates reflective and deliberative thought, but the data are inconclusive as to whether such interchanges are evidence of "wisdom of practice." Five figures and four tables are included. Appendices contain examples of practitioner papers. (33 references) (LMI)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
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Identifiers: School Renewal Network
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Chicago, IL, April 3-7, 1991). Some figures and tables in the appendices may not reproduce adequately in paper copy.