ERIC Number: ED251365
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984
Reference Count: N/A
Effective Catholic Schools: An Exploration. With a Special Focus on Catholic Secondary Schools. Executive Summary.
Bryk, Anthony S.; And Others
The results of nearly 2 years of inquiry into the effectiveness of Catholic schools are summarized. Using a design combining field and survey research, the study included: interviews with staff, students, and parents; observations of classroom and general school life; and extensive documentation on seven Catholic schools across the nation. An introduction presents a brief review of prior research on effective schools, particularly the research of James Coleman and Andrew Greeley. Sections 1-5 focus on Catholic secondary schools, including their character (section 1), curriculum and academic organization (section 2), the character of instruction (section 3), and faculty roles and concerns (section 4). Based on an analysis of data from a national survey on American secondary schools, "High School and Beyond," section 5 discusses: major differences among Catholic schools as well as how these schools compare as a group to public schools; institutional factors associated with quality secondary schools; the effects of Catholic secondary schools on student achievement, post-secondary educational plans, and affective and social development; and findings from research on the effects of Catholic school education. Although the study focuses on secondary schools, some attention is given to elementary schools in section 6. Sections 7 and 8 deal with finance and governance issues facing Catholic schools. Using summary statements and numerous tables, findings are highlighted throughout the report. (LH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Catholic Educational Association, Washington, DC. National Center for Research in Total Catholic Education.