ERIC Number: ED185152
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Nov-18
The Role Schools Can and Do Play: A Reappraisal in Light of Recent Research.
The last decade and a half was dominated by the view that schools do not matter, that schooling makes no difference, and that schools are powerless to change their students' destinies. Current research throws new light on these issues and prompts a questioning of these values. Recent studies present evidence that school experiences can indeed have an effect and give indications of what particular features of school organizations and functions make for success. Traditional public policy approaches to the study of schools dealt primarily with facilities and resources. Coleman's contribution was to document the importance of the social setting of the school. However, the fundamental challenge to Coleman's findings stems from his omission of what actually goes on in the school. Several studies provide evidence that schools can make a considerable difference. They provide substantive material in support of schools as effective institutions and help bring some balance into a debate which has tipped against education and schools as functioning tools of social change. (Author/RLV)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the National Conference on Urban Education (5th, Detroit, MI).