ERIC Number: ED245799
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1983-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Do High Quality Children's Centers Share Characteristics of Effective Schools? A Description of Four High Quality Children's Centers. Evaluation Report No. 438.
A study was conducted to determine whether five factors characteristic of effective elementary schools were also characteristic of four high quality children's centers in the Los Angeles Unified School District. Investigation also attempted to ascertain how the factors were operationalized at these centers. Specifically, the five factors were (1) an instructional emphasis on basic skills; (2) ongoing diagnosis and assessment of pupil progress; (3) strong administrative leadership; (4) a safe, orderly school climate conducive to instruction; and (5) high teacher expectations for pupil achievement. Data collection took place over a period of 10 weeks and included questionnaires, interviews, reviews of records, and observations. It was found that the five factors identified as being characteristic of effective schools also seemed to be present at the children's centers. The factors were found to have been operationalized in numerous ways; some were common to three or four centers, while others were unique to one or two. A variety of specific organizational and instructional practices were related to the five factors and seemed to contribute to the quality of centers. (Effective school practices are listed, and related materials, including several measures used in the study, are appended.) (RH)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Los Angeles Unified School District, CA. Research and Evaluation Branch.