ERIC Number: ED206059
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
A Study of Alternatives in American Education, Vol. V: Diversity in the Classroom.
Barker, Pierce; And Others
An examination of the variation among educational programs in the Alum Rock Union Elementary School District, San Jose (California), during the fourth year of its educational voucher demonstration project addresses the issue of whether alternative systems can generate significant diversity in public school education. The research questions (How do individual classrooms differ? What variables primarily distinguish program types? Do voucher demonstration classrooms differ, on the whole, from nonvoucher classrooms?) and policy issues were pursued primarily through multidimensional scaling of structured observation data collected in third- and fifth-grade demonstration and control classrooms. On the measures of diversity employed, voucher classrooms were found to be remarkably similar to each other. The reasons for the diversity from nonvoucher classrooms cannot be easily identified, due to incomplete sampling procedures. It is also difficult to ascertain whether differentiating features could have arisen without the voucher demonstration. The two or three classrooms in the sample that were strikingly different in organization and operation are probably the results of unexplained teacher preferences. The report concludes that the voucher demonstration classrooms seem to be characterizable as diverse and that the measures employed detected limited variation among classrooms. (Author/WD)
Descriptors: Demonstration Programs, Educational Research, Educational Vouchers, Elementary Secondary Education, Free Choice Transfer Programs, Nontraditional Education, Public Schools
The Rand Corporation, 1700 Main St., Santa Monica, CA 90406 ($7.00).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Rand Corp., Santa Monica, CA.