ERIC Number: ED392362
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Nov-8
Reference Count: N/A
Toward a Richer Understanding of a School Restructuring Model: Views from Inside a Graduate Level Classroom.
Davidson, Betty M.; Dell, Geralyn L.
This study sought to determine whether students in a graduate level class that focused on a school restructuring model were able to understand and practice its philosophy. The course focused on innovative school changes and teaching practices used in the Accelerated Schools Project (ASP). The course syllabus required students to examine the philosophy and values of accelerated schools, practice the steps involved in implementing the model's three central principles, evaluate the components of teaching and learning of the ASP, and develop and support a school improvement model based on these practices, including innovative teaching strategies. At the end of the course a survey focused on eight dimensions for measuring change was distributed to the students. These dimensions were insight, knowledge of school change, unity, strengths, empowerment, reflective thinking, dialogue, and inquiry. Results indicated that students understood the philosophy and had experienced attitudinal changes in their personal lives and that the dimensions of unity of purpose, empowerment, and building on strength showed the greatest positive impact on students. However, students did not show confidence in being able to create situations for change at their school site. Therefore, the study concluded that only a partial transformation of students' conceptions of school restructuring occurred. An appendix contains a copy of the survey instrument. (Contains 10 references.) (JB)
Descriptors: Attitude Change, Dialogs (Language), Educational Change, Educational Philosophy, Educational Practices, Elementary Secondary Education, Graduate Students, Graduate Study, Higher Education, Inquiry, Organizational Change, School Restructuring, Student Attitudes, Teacher Education, Teaching Models
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Accelerated Schools; Reflective Thinking; Teacher Empowerment
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Mid-South Educational Research Association (24th, Biloxi, MS, November 8-10, 1995).