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ERIC Number: ED310492
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Mar
Pages: 27
Abstractor: N/A
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The Social Battleground of School Improvement: When a Troubled School Is Impacted by an Intensive Renewal Program.
Sudderth, Charlotte R.
Long considered by its community and the Richmond County Schools' district administration "the worst middle school in the distict," the school (unnamed in the study) began a process of change in spring 1987. The instructional staff embraced a schoolwide staff development program designed to help both student achievement and school climate. Implemented was Homan's conceptual framework for the study of human groups including, in particular, the idea that small groups exist and evolve in an environment divided by three distinct levels (physical, technical, and social) and two basic management systems (external and internal). The implementation plan employed the establishment of study groups (collegial teams) that enabled the ongoing study of instructional practices and strategies and helped to institutionalize the practice of peer coaching. At the end of the implementation year, significant changes were reported: (1) promotion based on merit increased among students; (2) the number of retained students was reduced; and (3) attitudes of both the groups and students became more positive. School improvement was achieved through collegial commitment and collaborative decision-making. (7 references) (SI)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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