ERIC Number: ED336864
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Collaborative Action Research: Can It Improve School Effectiveness?
Sagor, Richard D.; Curley, Janet L.
The impact of action research on student academic and social performance is examined in this paper. Project LEARN (League of Educational Action Researchers in the Northwest), a cooperative initiative with school districts to train teams of educators in collaborative action research, was evaluated in five participating schools--two elementary, one middle, and two secondary schools--in three Northwest districts. Methodology involved: (1) a survey of all staff members that elicited response rates of 40 to 100 percent; (2) interviews with school staff and students; and (3) analysis of student records. Each school was analyzed in terms of school focus, cultural profile, leadership, and professional involvement. The case studies support the thesis that focus, cultural collinearity, and leadership are school culture components that positively impact school performance. The same components predict commitment to action research as a school improvement strategy. Although collaborative action research can positively affect school culture by improving teacher collegiality, its effectiveness is limited to "culturally sound" schools. Eight tables and 2 figures are included. Appendices contain the school culture survey and interview format. (37 references) (LMI)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Oregon; Washington
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Chicago, IL, April 3-7, 1991).