ERIC Number: ED342129
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Middle Grade School State Policy Initiative: First Steps to Restructuring. An RBS Report on the Project's First Year.
Wilson, Bruce; Corbett, Dick
First-year outcomes of a restructuring project in four Maryland middle schools are summarized in this paper, with a focus on new rules, roles, and relationships. Methodology involved interviews with 52 teachers and building administrators and 18 state department of education staff members; observation of school improvement teams; and document analysis. Resulting policy changes involved scheduling, staffing, and curriculum. The most significant changes in roles and in relationships included the use of state staff members as facilitators and increased participative decision making, respectively. An outcome was that project priorities reinforced some ideas that were already being implemented and opened up new avenues. Participants' objectives of personal skill acquisition and student improvement facilitated the potential for restructuring. A conclusion is that the development of new rules, roles, and relationships within the schools represents significant first steps in restructuring middle school education. (LMI)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Research for Better Schools, Inc., Philadelphia, PA.