ERIC Number: ED064256
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Bright Meadows: A Study of Teachers' Attitudes & Feelings in an Unorthodox School. Final Report.
Zimmerman, Isa Kaftal
This study dealt with a group of teachers in one particular untraditional school, Bright Meadows (fictitious name), and surveyed their responses, feelings, reactions to ideology, the environment and the events which constitute the school as a social institution. Data were gathered by means of a series of interviews based on peoples' memories; no running record of experimental classroom practices was kept over the years. The interviews were designed to obtain answers in an open-ended manner; interviewees were encouraged to talk. Three interview schedules were used: a) Interview Schedule One was for the faculty teaching at Bright Meadows, b) Interview Schedule Two was for the former faculty, and c) Interview Schedule Three was for the 10 non-teaching staff members in the school. The sample consisted of a total of 92 respondents. The information collected was coded and placed on the computer; each question was analyzed for frequency distribution. Results of the study indicate that teachers at Bright Meadows feel positively toward the school and think that the goal for students contributes to their own professional freedom in the school. Eight factors are presented on a supportive environment in which teachers can grow. The informal socialization which occurs at Bright Meadows is considered insufficient to prepare teachers to effectively implement the school goals. Continuous in-service training and clear leadership are recommended. Appendixes and an extensive bibliography are included. (MJM)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Bureau of Research.
Authoring Institution: Newton Public Schools, West Newton, MA.