ERIC Number: ED351788
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989
Reference Count: N/A
A Conversation between James Comer and Ronald Edmonds: Fundamentals of Effective School Improvement.
National Center for Effective Schools Research and Development, Madison, WI.
This text presents a conversation between James Comer and Ronald Edmonds, whose meeting in New Haven in 1982 was sponsored by the Danforth Foundation to describe and compare the differences in their approaches to school reform. Each developed an Effective Schools model based on the belief that all students can learn. Comer's focus, however, was on parent involvement, and Edmonds stressed equity. Six chapters center on six separate educational issues, which include the organizational dilemma, creating a climate conducive to learning, the role of categorical programs, change strategies, disaggregating data, and the significance of parental involvement in the school improvement process. The two men shared agreement on the importance of instructional leadership, high expectations, and a positive school climate. A conclusion is that similarities outnumbered the differences in their educational philosophies. (LMI)
Descriptors: Change Strategies, Educational Change, Educational Improvement, Effective Schools Research, Elementary Secondary Education, Evaluation Methods, Organizational Change, School Effectiveness, School Restructuring
National Center for Effective Schools Research and Development, 685 Educational Science, 1025 West Johnson Street, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI 53706 ($12).
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Center for Effective Schools Research and Development, Madison, WI.
Identifiers: Comer (James P); Edmonds (Ronald R)