ERIC Number: ED189706
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1980-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Pennsylvania School Improvement Program. Linkage Case Study. Intermediate Unit B.
Barnette, J. Jackson
The Pennsylvania School Improvement Program (PSIP) was created to assist local schools and school districts in the development of curriculum improvement strategies. The process involves the use of "linkers," curriculum specialists who work with teams from the local level to ascertain needs, then connect the local teams with the research and development agencies that can provide information and resources to help meet those needs. One early attempt to make PSIP work in an urban elementary school lasted about 30 months. At the end of the project the school was prepared to implement curriculum improvements that had been selected during the process. In this instance, the School Assistance Team (SAT), composed of representatives of several research and development agencies as well as the Pennsylvania Department of Education, communicated well with the Local Action Team (LAT) of teachers. Some personality conflicts were ironed out during the project, which improved as it developed. The LAT felt the program took too long to achieve its results, but participants were generally satisfied. Analysis of the relationships between participants in the project and of the effectiveness of the program's structure and management provide ideas for improvements to be incorporated in future PSIP efforts. (Author/PGD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Pennsylvania State Dept. of Education, Harrisburg. Office of Research, Planning and Data Management.