ERIC Number: ED228241
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1983-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
A Review of Effective Schools Research: The Message for Secondary Schools.
Neufeld, Barbara; And Others
A summary and critique is presented on research of effective schools, based primarily on a review of the reviews written about that work. It is pointed out that the majority of research findings came from studies of elementary schools and focused upon the characteristics of effective schools for minority and poor students. Most research reviewed for this analysis was exploratory and descriptive, aiming to find effective schools and then deducing characteristics associated with effectiveness. For most studies reviewed, researchers did not develop comprehensive, systematic, and detailed programs with implementation guides for school improvement. However, in many studies, identification was made of features of effective programs. One example noted is of a school staff committed to excellence with high expectations for students and strong administrative leadership. It is suggested that the attitudes, processes, and techniques which characterize effective elementary schools have relevance for secondary schools as well, in spite of differences in organizational structure and educational goals. The appendix provides lists of effective school characteristics which were culled from the reviewed research. (JD)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Huron Inst., Cambridge, MA.; National Commission on Excellence in Education (ED), Washington, DC.