ERIC Number: ED176399
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Jul
Reference Count: 0
Today's Challenge for Cooperation in Education: Considering Students as Organizational Co-Participants.
Schmuck, Richard A.
This paper proposes viewing students as full-fledged organizational members who participate in school planning, problem-solving, and decision-making about school curriculum, grading policies, teacher evaluation procedures, budget, and the like. Three tested strategies are described that help students increase their understanding of how the school organization works and to become skillful as organizational participants. One strategy involves developing a climate in the classroom where students help set their own learning goals, work toward accomplishing them in collaborative ways, and where they are involved in assessing their own progress. Another strategy described for school improvement calls on students to act as organizational participants in planned change of the formal curriculum. The final strategy aims at improving the effectiveness of student governance structures within high schools. The paper concludes that macro-designs for consultation aimed at student participation have to be extremely comprehensive because of the physical movement of students within and out of the school system. (Author/LD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Keynote address presented at the International Convention on Cooperation in Education, sponsored by Tel-Aviv University (Herzliha, Israel, July 9-12, 1979)