ERIC Number: ED265162
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Sep
Reference Count: 0
The High School Department: A New Force for Excellence.
Smith, Ronald M.
For most high school teachers, it appears that the work group they most closely identify with is the department (or the discipline). There are some common bonds: a common language, similar educational backgrounds, a common respect for the subject, and a shared world view shaped by the discipline itself which predisposes the members of the group to look at problems and solutions in much the same way. Another bonding factor may be found in the students who "major" in the discipline. This brings students and teachers together in ways that reinforce the uniqueness of the group. While elements that hold the department together may vary in strength from department to department and school to school, the core of common interests needed to establish and maintain teamwork and group cohesion are there. The department group, if properly nutured, can be a powerful force for achieving excellence. This paper proposes a view of the department that positions it as a new force for increasing the effectiveness of high schools. A means of attaining this goal, based on the principles of goal-based management, is presented along with specific applications which illustrate the principles in action. Issues that affect department performance are also examined. (JD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Administrators; Practitioners
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Northwest Regional Educational Lab., Portland, OR.