ERIC Number: ED315918
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1988
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What Restructuring Is: In Search of a Definition.
Harvey, Glen; Crandall, David P.
Educational restructuring, an emerging concept without a single definition or a definitive model, supports the notion of multiple alternatives. Typical school improvement and excellence initiatives do not, by themselves, constitute restructuring. Restructuring means that schools should be organized according to children's learning needs. To achieve real educational excellence for all students is likely to require significant alterations in our educational system at local, district, and state levels. Since restructuring means preserving and building upon successful educational practices and rethinking and redesigning what has failed, we must ultimately reexamine all aspects of schooling, including mission and goals, organization and management, curriculum, instruction, educator roles and responsibilities, parent and community involvement, school finance, and educational regulation and control. Several ongoing restructuring efforts provide concrete examples--the Coalition of Essential Schools, the National Network for Educational Renewal, the NEA Mastery in Learning Project Schools, the Holmes Group, and the Carnegie Forum on Education and the economy. Critical restructuring components include focusing at the building level, educating all students, clarifying and raising expectations, personalizing teaching and learning, rethinking and altering educator roles, applying research and development knowledge, humanizing the organizational climate, and involving parents and the community. (MLH)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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Authoring Institution: Regional Laboratory for Educational Improvement of the Northeast & Islands, Andover, MA.