ERIC Number: ED199343
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
Council for Basic Education Report of the Conference on Urban Schools.
Benjamin, Ronald; And Others
This conference synopsis presents the views of educators, researchers, and a journalist who maintain that inner city schools are effective, and can be more so, in educating disadvantaged students. The claim that inner city schools cannot overcome deficits in family background unless students' socioeconomic position is first improved is challenged. The key to success, the researchers assert, lies not in socioeconomic background, but in identifiable school oriented factors, including: (1) authoritative leadership; (2) climate of orderliness; (3) positive teacher expectations; (4) a basics oriented curriculum; and (5) periodic assessment of student progress. Two scholars (Ronald Edmonds and Peter Mortimore) whose research supports this conclusion offer summaries of their work in British and American schools. In addition, a reporter (Robert Benjamin) presents some of his observations of successful schools in U.S. inner cities. The authors also provide suggestions for increasing the effectiveness of urban schools. (APM)
Descriptors: Basic Skills, Disadvantaged Schools, Disadvantaged Youth, Educational Environment, Educational Quality, Educational Status Comparison, Elementary Secondary Education, Institutional Characteristics, Leadership Qualities, Program Effectiveness, Student Evaluation, Teacher Role, Urban Schools
The Council for Basic Education, 725 15th St., NW, Washington, DC 20005 ($1.00).
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Collected Works - Proceedings
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Hazen Foundation, New Haven, CT.
Authoring Institution: Council for Basic Education, Washington, DC.
Note: Proceedings of the Conference on Urban Schools (Washington, DC, October 31, 1980).