ERIC Number: ED344334
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Apr-21
Reference Count: 0
The Resource Costs Involved in Restructuring a Secondary School.
Theobald, Neil D.; Nelson, Bryce E.
The practical issues of financial, human, and political costs involved in the restructuring efforts undertaken by five Washington State secondary schools, each of which is a member of the Coalition of Essential Schools, are addressed in this paper. The crux of the restructuring problem is to develop ways to provide staff members with the needed planning time consistent with the existing norms of the teaching profession. Staff resource allocation decisions regarding four key areas--curriculum, pedagogy, learning resources, and administration--determine the cost of restructuring. A conclusion is that schools are only capable of mustering the resources for a limited number of significant innovations. Before beginning a restructuring project, a school or district must consider costs as a function of decisions regarding the four key areas and must consider scaling back its model or not beginning at all. A cost estimate worksheet is included. (8 references) (LMI)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (San Francisco, CA, April 20-24, 1992).