ERIC Number: ED099284
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974-Apr-8
Reference Count: 0
The School Unit as a Changing Teaching-Learning Environment; Joint Consultation by a Mental Health Consultant and Curriculum Specialists.
Yandell, Wilson; And Others
In order to promote change in teaching about conflict and war, a Mt. Diablo California Unified School District elementary school established an ongoing consultation program for considering teacher values and curriculum content. The plan called for a collaborative effort in combining the methodology of mental health consultation with resource persons familiar with social studies curriculum and inservice teacher training. Consultation meetings with faculty, principal, and consultant team occurred twice a month for seven months. The process of the meetings, which was to determine the direction of the goals, was left to the faculty participants. Over a period of months resistance among the participants developed within the group process. Certain issues were not talked about, as goal setting began to take on less importance in the meetings than the introduction of new curriculum content. Resistance developed to the leadership of the principal. The results of the program were both positive and negative. Whereas progress was made in the effort to implement new curriculum ideas, many of the participants felt it did not go far enough in values and goal clarification. Most of the teachers and the principal felt they were more understanding and comfortable with others at the end of the program. All identified a greater understanding and ease with the presence of conflict after working through conflict situations within the group process. The results indicated the possibility that the school could be the environment and unit of change for more effective resolution of conflict. (DE)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Diablo Valley Education Project, Orinda, CA.