ERIC Number: ED172422
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
SPECS in Two Districts: The Perceptions of Teachers and Administrators.
In 1975 a survey was conducted of teachers' and administrators' perceptions of the School Planning, Evaluation, and Communication System (SPECS) in two school districts. The purpose of this study was to provide information about the effects of SPECS in action. The first district, called Pine School District in the study report, was located in a western state and had used SPECS in two pilot schools. The other district, designated Maple School District, was located in an eastern state and had recently introduced SPECS in one school. Almost all teachers and administrators who had been involved in the SPECS Program were interviewed. Many specific findings and a few general comparisons emerged. Administrators in Pine reported that the main reasons for introducing SPECS were improved curriculum development, teacher planning, and data collection, communication, and management. Teacher perceptions of actual outcomes of the program indicated that progress had been made in the areas of curriculum development and teacher planning and data collection. In Maple, teacher perception data offered suggestive but not conclusive data that administrator goals were being met. All the administrators in Pine expressed satisfaction with the SPECS Program and Pine teachers strongly agreed. In Maple two of the three administrators felt a program like SPECS was needed but most teachers evaluated SPECS negatively. The survey suggested that the lack of support from Maple teachers may have been caused by not having a choice about participating, enough control over the program or their own materials, a tangible end product, or a full-time curriculum director. (Author/JM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Oregon Univ., Eugene. Center for Educational Policy and Management.