ERIC Number: ED225230
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Educational Innovators Then and Now.
Kleine, Paul F.; Smith, Louis M.
Researchers conducted lengthy face-to-face interviews with 17 of the 21 faculty members who had been at Kensington School (Missouri) during its first 2 years (1964-1966), when the elementary school was at its most innovative. The interviews covered the former faculty members' perceptions of the Kensington experience, the effects of Kensington on their lives and careers, and changes in their lives and careers in the 15 years since Kensington. Each interview was conducted by two researchers, who shared the roles of interviewer and observer. Besides noting that the former faculty maintained little mutual contact, the researchers identified six themes, only two of which are discussed in this paper. The first theme involved the connection between the strong religious feelings and backgrounds of many former faculty and the quality of secular "religion" and "true belief" that educational innovation held for the Kensington faculty. The second theme concerned the former faculty members' return to their earlier origins, not only intellectual but geographical. Five had returned to the city where they grew up, and eight had returned to the same region. (RW)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Washington Univ., St. Louis, MO.
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New York, NY, March 19-23, 1982). Proper names used in this study are pseudonyms. For related documents, see ED 225 228-231.