ERIC Number: ED224849
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Oct
Reference Count: 0
The Study and Improvement of American High Schools: A Portrait of Work in Progress.
Newmann, Fred M.; Behar, Steven L.
This is an integrated report on 28 ongoing projects that were set up to study and improve American high schools on a large scale. The activities include establishment of a national data base on high school students; a study of new standards for college admission; administrators' reports on what works in urban schools; intensive studies of single schools; and new proposals for a general education curriculum. The report (1) describes projects' central concerns, anticipated outcomes, and methodologies; (2) summarizes existing knowledge about secondary education and the extent to which the projects may enhance knowledge about high school students' characteristics, program offerings, teaching methods, institutional determinants of effective education, school-community relationships, and school improvement; and (3) identifies possibilities for school improvement through changes in program content, staff performance, school climate, school-community relationship, and institutional factors. The report furthermore points out significant issues that are not addressed by the different projects' approaches for reform. (Author/MJL)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Adolescent Development, Education Work Relationship, Educational Change, Educational Environment, Educational Improvement, Institutional Characteristics, Moral Development, School Community Relationship, School Effectiveness, Secondary Education, Student Characteristics, Teaching Methods, Units of Study
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Wisconsin Center for Education Research, Madison.
Note: Paper prepared for the Conference on "Improving the American High School" (Racine, WI, November 4-6, 1981). Conference sponsored by the Department of Education, The Johnson Foundation, The College Board, and The Kettering Foundation.