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ERIC Number: ED308580
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Mar
Pages: 56
Abstractor: N/A
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Facing the Essential Tensions: Restructuring from Where You Are.
Watkins, John M.; Lusi, Susan Follett
This paper examines a project involving teams of teachers, school administrators, and district-level people from Coalition of Essential Schools (CES) member schools. The CES is a high school reform movement devoted to strengthening the learning of students by reforming each school's priorities and simplifying its structure. The common principles of CES are discussed as well as the methodological issues raised by this CES project: (1) the conditions in schools that suggest this approach; (2) the derivation of the method; (3) the contrasts and tensions between the structure of the first workshops and the structure of ongoing work of the teams in their schools; (4) the issues of ethics and validity by this type of research; (5) the evolving sense of criteria; and (6) the framework for collaborative action research in restructuring schools. Conclusions indicate that action research and collaboration are important strands of effective reform. Criteria for collaborative action research in schools are: effective team-based approach, productive use of reactivity, development of reflexive processes, involvement of participants in the process, and interaction of action and research in mobilization of information for the change process. Five restructuring diagrams and a copy of a CES brochure are appended. (SI)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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