ERIC Number: ED256744
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Plan for the Study of Professional Cultures in Improving High Schools.
Rossman, Gretchen B.; And Others
Focusing upon the importance of the overall school climate, and viewing school improvement from a cultural perspective, this document presents a report on the first year of a study of culture and cultural processes involved in improving the effectiveness of high schools. The first section discusses the year's three major activities undertaken to design and plan for the study. The second section, on the conceptual framework, presents a rationale for the study that emphasizes the significance of cultural elements in effective schools, and the significance of the interplay between culture and change. It defines and elaborates the concept of culture and identifies some of the study's key assumptions. Processes of cultural change and transformation are described to clarify theoretical constructs that are applicable to educational settings. The section concludes by describing five cultural domains or themes that will guide field research. The third section, on research methods, presents the approach that will be used for field work, including a plan for data collection, site selection activities, and a proposed approach to data analysis. (JD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Research for Better Schools, Inc., Philadelphia, PA.