ERIC Number: ED248616
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Apr
Reference Count: 0
"A Piece of the Dirt": Curriculum Change at Boynton Middle School, August, 1983-February, 1984.
King, Jean A.
An underachieving middle school in the urban South, currently in the second of a 5-year curriculum development project, is the subject of analysis by the participant curriculum consultant. The names of the school and all participants have been changed to preserve anonymity. Field notes, school documents, formal interview notes, questionnaires, and demographic and test data are described to document the failure of the change process. Failure of the project is attributed to (1) absence of leadership by the principal and the related failure to actively involve classroom teachers; (2) lack of communication between teachers and change agents as to exactly what classroom change was expected and the failure to help teachers effect such change; and (3) ongoing functioning of the school taking precedence over curriculum change activities. (MLF)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New Orleans, LA, April 23-27, 1984).