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ERIC Number: ED303866
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988
Pages: 22
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Highly Effective Interdisciplinary Teams: Perceptions of Exemplary Middle School Principals.
George, Paul S.; Stevenson, Chris
This study analyzed the opinions of exemplary middle school principals concerning what constitutes highly effective interdisciplinary teams. The schools that the principals represented were chosen according to the Department of Education's, Phi Delta Kappa's, and the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development's assessment of threshold criteria dealing with academic achievement, student behavior, teacher morale, and local, state, and national reputation for excellence. Sixty-three percent or 82 out of 154 of these principals participated. Interpretative categories were gleaned from the principals' responses to a survey. The findings demonstrated that teachers who dedicate themselves to the academic and personal success of their students; work hard with students to build a feeling of unity and belonging; involve parents; and foster participative planning among students, parents, and administrators, belong to the most effective teams. Furthermore, administrators who vigorously instigate and prolong these teams actually promote their effectiveness. In addition, the results indicate that the interdisciplinary team is an essential element of effective middle level education. (JAM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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