ERIC Number: ED107681
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
The Effects of a Schools Without Failure Program Upon Classroom Interaction Patterns, Pupil Achievement and Teacher, Pupil and Parent Attitudes. (Report of First Year of Program).
Masters, James R.; Laverty, Grace E.
An evaluation of William Glasser's Schools Without Failure (SWF) program was carried out during the program's first year of operation in the New Castle, Pa. School District. Ten elementary schools were paired on the basis of size, socioeconomic status, and pupils' past achievement. One school of each pair was randomly assigned to begin teacher training and implementation of SWF; the other school of each pair became a control school. Pre- and posttesting were used to assess pupil achievement and attitudes toward self, school, and others and teachers and parent attitudes toward educational issues. Instructional session and SWF school classroom meeting interactions were measured by the Expanded Category System and the Reciprocal Category System. Results indicated that the program had its major impact on teachers. Little difference existed in the achievement of pupils in SWF and control schools. Some positive changes in SWF school primary pupil attitudes toward being in school and toward doing difficult school work were found. Also, positive changes occurred in SWF school intermediate pupil attitudes toward the importance of doing assignments and importance of learning. In SWF schools the number of pupils referred to principals for disciplinary reasons was reduced. (Author/RC)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Academic Failure, Behavior Change, Classroom Observation Techniques, Comparative Analysis, Decision Making Skills, Discipline, Elementary Education, Elementary School Students, Humanistic Education, Inservice Teacher Education, Intervention, Parent Attitudes, Program Evaluation, School Attitudes, Student Attitudes, Student Teacher Relationship, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Education, Tests
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Center for Educational Research and Development (DHEW/OE), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Pennsylvania State Dept. of Education, Harrisburg.