ERIC Number: ED347613
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-May
Reference Count: 0
School Improvement Research Series IV, 1989-90.
Northwest Regional Educational Lab., Portland, OR.
This packet contains a research synthesis and six research-based articles on effective schooling practices, educational time factors, expectations and student outcomes, teaching questioning skills, improving student attitude and behavior, teaching and assessing writing skills, and staff development to improve student writing. The first five of the six articles are by Kathleen Cotton. "Expectations and Student Outcomes," the first article, discusses how the teacher expectations can and do affect students' achievement and attitudes. The second article, "Educational Time Factors," stresses that the time needed for a given student to learn a given concept depends upon five factors: aptitude, ability, perserverance, opportunity to learn, and quality of instruction. The teaching style of a teacher, Dennis Duncan of Franklin Elementary School (Washington), who believes that "questions--not answers--are the heart of education" is discussed and highlighted with examples in the third article, "Teaching Questioning Skills: Franklin Elementary School." In the fourth article, "Improving Student Attitude and Behavior: Loma Linda Elementary School [and] Northweast Junior High School," programs in two Colorado schools are outlined which led to goal setting, higher expectations from students and improvement in student discipline. The effect of staff development courses in writing as a process and writing across the curriculum at a rural Oregon school is the subject of the fifth article, "Teaching and Assessing Writing Skills: Lacomb Elementary School." The last article, "Staff Development To Improve Student Writing Performance: East Orient Elementary School" (Jocelyn A. Butler), presents research findings regarding improved student reading scores after a Portland, Oregon, school began applying the research-based school improvement process "Onward to Excellence" (OTE) in 1984. (AA)
Descriptors: Educational Improvement, Educational Practices, Educational Quality, Effective Schools Research, Elementary Secondary Education, Excellence in Education, Instructional Improvement, Instructional Innovation, School Effectiveness, Student Improvement, Synthesis, Teacher Effectiveness, Teacher Student Relationship
Publication Type: Collected Works - General; Information Analyses; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Northwest Regional Educational Lab., Portland, OR.