ERIC Number: ED302539
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
The High School as Community: Contextual Influences and Consequences for Students and Teachers.
Bryk, Anthony S.; Driscoll, Mary Erina
This study developed an index of communal school organization and used this measure to focus on specific features of high schools as social organizations. The philosphical and social perspectives of the school as a community are explored, focusing on the school as a social organization consisting of cooperative adults who share a common purpose and where daily life for both adults and students is informed by shared values and a common agenda of activities. The positive relationship between parents and school staff provides important support for school aims. The "High School and Beyond" data base and results from the Administrator and Teacher Survey (ATS), provided the core data for this analysis of the school as a community as reflected by teacher behavior and expectations for student achievement and behavior, and the possible consequences of a communal school organization on students. A discussion of the results is augmented by tables displaying the data used in the study. (JD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Center on Effective Secondary Schools, Madison, WI.