ERIC Number: ED381860
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Dec
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Conditions for Change: Georgians Talk about How To Improve Public Schools and Education. A Strategic Policy Paper.
Harwood Group, Bethesda, MD.
This document contains findings of a survey that examined the opinions of Georgia citizens on their state's public education system. Data collection, based on The Harwood Group Policy Dialogues approach to public issues research, included: (1) discussions with four focus groups of approximately 12 participants each; (2) a statewide telephone survey of 500 Georgians; and (3) a full-day discussion session with 2 panels of 16 citizens. Findings indicate that improving public education is a top priority for most Georgians. Section 1 presents seven key principles for building sustainable change: (1) acknowledge citizen concerns; (2) build on the common ground that already exists; (3) set realistic expectations; (4) start small; (5) show progress; (6) find ways for everyone to act; and (7) engage people. The second section highlights people's baseline concerns about education--they want more accountability, safe and caring schools, better communications with schools, schools that emphasize learning, and a common-sense approach to improving schools. Section 3 describes participants' attitudes toward the following: order in the schools, parental and community involvement, teacher training, technology in the schools, and school administration. The appendix describes the research methodology and lists eight principles of conducting a successful policy dialogue. (LMI)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Sponsor: Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education, Atlanta.; Georgia Chamber of Commerce, Atlanta.
Authoring Institution: Harwood Group, Bethesda, MD.