ERIC Number: ED189711
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1980-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Pennsylvania School Improvement Program. School Site Case Study: School N.
Peters, Leslie K.
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. This document describes one urban elementary school's experience using PSIP in an effort to improve its reading program. During the period from November, 1976, to November, 1978, this school went through needs assessment and program selection processes. Materials used in these activities are included in appendixes. The report concludes that PSIP was not fully successful in this case, due to personality conflicts among participants and lack of leadership among the teachers on the local action team. Part of PSIP's purpose is to develop in schools an apparatus for continuing curriculum development, but in this instance development of the necessary techniques was prevented by the local team's insistence on using PSIP only to find a specific answer to one specific problem without adopting any reusable ground rules. (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.