ERIC Number: ED229475
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1979-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
The DTA Field Research Experience. Documentation and Technical Assistance in Urban Schools.
Smith, David M.; Gregory, Lynn
This report explores the field research experience of the Documentation and Technical Assistance Project, an activity of the Center for New Schools in Chicago, Illinois. Using ethnography as a major research tool, DTA studied nine school sites, documented information on how the schools solved problems to bring about school improvement; and provided technical assistance in developing improvement strategies for other schools, based on information from nine sites. Chapter 1 of the report discusses the evolution of the project, and focuses on developments in research organization; research design preparation; hiring, training, and directing of site researchers; delineation of the site researcher's job; and relationships between researchers and the research sites. Chapter 2 examines constraints on the DTA research efforts, which might explain why the project evolved as it did. Among the constraints examined are: (1) the project's nonacademic context; (2) conditions of the research contract; (3) problems that arose from the project's collaborative arrangements; (4) the project ideology; (5) geographical dispersion of the project; and (6) problems in implementing the data management system. Chapter 3 analyzes emergent problems in the DTA field experience, which might be encountered in doing other field research. Appendices, which describe the role and responsibilities of site researchers, are included. (MJL)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. School Capacity for Problem Solving Group.
Authoring Institution: Center for New Schools, Inc., Chicago, IL.