ERIC Number: ED243191
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Jan
Reference Count: 0
Innovation and Change in American Education. Kensington Revisited: A Fifteen Year Follow-Up of an Innovative Elementary School and Its Faculty. Volume II--Milford's Recent History: The School District as Contemporary Context of the Kensington School. Final Report.
Smith, Louis M.; And Others
This second volume of a six-volume study updates and concludes the description of the historical development of a school district code-named "Milford," presented in volume I. Board minutes remain the primary source of data with increasing amounts of information from public documents, interviews, and observation of meetings. Following a brief introduction, chapter 2 entitled "The Tangle of Administrative Succession" in the Milford School District in 1961-62, describes the year the authors call "perhaps the most significant in the district's history." Chapters 3 and 4 focus on the tenure of "Steven Spanman" as district superintendent (1962-66). Chapter 5 details the initiation during Spanman's tenure of the innovative elementary school code-named "Kensington." Chapters 6 and 7 describe the era of superintendent "Ron George" from the beginning (1966-68) of his tenure through the "quiet" middle years (1968-74). In chapters 8 and 9, the authors examine the year retrenchment began (1974-75) and the "final chapter" in George's tenure and Milford's history (1975-80). Chapters 10 and 11, the concluding chapters, offer interpretive comments, "metatheoretical" observations, a "systemic perspective" on innovation and change, an outline of "emerging and necessary substantive concepts," and a general conclusion of "ways of schooling and living." In order to protect the anonymity of the school district studied in such detail, pseudonyms have been used for all place names (school, school district, city, county, state) and personal names (school superintendents, school board members, teachers, students) appearing in the various volumes of this set. (JMB)
Publication Type: Historical Materials; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Researchers; Administrators; Practitioners
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Washington Univ., St. Louis, MO. Graduate Inst. of Education.
Note: For other volumes in this set, see EA 016 683-687. For previous related documents, see ED 225 228-231.