ERIC Number: ED288938
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Apr-19
Reference Count: N/A
Improving the Urban High School: Some Preliminary News from 5 Cases.
Miles, Matthew B.
Preliminary lessons emerging from five case studies contained in a larger study on improving urban high schools are explored in this report. An eclectic approach was taken to describe the contextual influences in and around the school improvement programs. Potential variables were selected from previous research to frame the investigation and site visits were made to each of the five schools. Findings are presented in the following categories: (1) the improvement programs; (2) reasons for the choice of program; (3) problems encountered; (4) managing and coping strategies; (5) managing/coping consequences; and (6) the results of implementation. The cross-site analysis yielded a list of hints to advise those trying to improve urban high schools. The themes suggested by the findings are the following: (1) the process is not so well defined since it must encompass local context and history; (2) the process requires active, coherent management with a strong capacity-building emphasis; (3) people within the school must be empowered and the school's power within the district must increase; (4) active, change-oriented principals are positive influences in the process; and (5) urban high schools can be improved with an effective schools and/or effective teaching approach. (VM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Center for Policy Research, New York, NY.
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (San Francisco, CA, April 16-20, 1986).