ERIC Number: ED267519
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Sep
Assessment Processes and the Management of the School's Curricula. Final Report.
Smith, Frank L.; And Others
This report contends that current university-based research and development activities investigating successful secondary schools provide an exceptional mechanism for coordinating all three aspects of assessing successful schools: legal compliance, student performance, and quality of school life. A typology of schools is proposed to account for the schools' basic orientation toward administration and instruction. Administrative processes reflect one of three belief systems--the bureaucratic-rationalistic, the political-organic, and the cultural--that describe the ways schools go about making policy decisions and allocating resources. Based on this typology, seven core studies are proposed that would address the following school processes: (1) organizing, planning, and informing; (2) resource allocation; (3) curriculum and instruction; (4) managing co-curricular education; (5) guidance services; (6) monitoring and evaluation; and (7) adolescent enculturation. The report concludes by suggesting that renewed attention to school assessment processes could stimulate collaborative management that continuously assesses current practice based on a systematic data-based profile of performance-related school processes coupled with an aspirational model of the school's organizational culture. (TE)
Descriptors: Administrative Organization, Curriculum, Educational Administration, Educational Assessment, Educational Change, Educational Environment, Educational Philosophy, Elementary Secondary Education, Norms, Organizational Change, Organizational Communication, Organizational Development, Organizational Theories, Research Needs, Research Utilization, School Organization, Systems Analysis, Values
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Columbia Univ., New York, NY. Teachers College.