ERIC Number: ED370969
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Results of Schoolwide Action Research in the League of Professional Schools.
Calhoun, Emily F.; Allen, Lew
The Georgia League of Professional Schools is a school and university collaborative formed to support school renewal. It currently includes 54 elementary and secondary schools and the University of Georgia. Schoolwide action research is simply cooperative disciplined inquiry within a framework that provides some structures for working together. This paper, part of the fourth report on action research in the League, is a look at the results of action research on students and the cultural environment of the school based on on-site reports and action plans from 41 of the 52 participant schools. Eleven schools have identified changes in student achievement and behavior, and 14 schools cited the provision of new experiences for students as a positive outcome. Changes in school culture, including increased communication and an increase in shared decision making, are identified for a number of the schools. Ways in which action research is impeded in member schools are also identified and discussed. The difficulties the schools experience are the same for the League as a unit, but determination to engage in schoolwide action research is seen in both arenas. Appendix 1 contains a three-part item about project interviews, and Appendix 2 contains two tables. (Contains 43 references.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Action Research, College School Cooperation, Communication (Thought Transfer), Educational Change, Elementary Secondary Education, Outcomes of Education, Participative Decision Making, Participatory Research, Research Methodology, School Culture, School Restructuring, Theory Practice Relationship
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Georgia; League of Professional Schools GA; Reform Efforts; University of Georgia
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New Orleans, LA, April 4-8, 1994).