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ERIC Number: ED321390
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990
Pages: 20
Abstractor: N/A
Restructuring the High School: The Renaissance Program.
Donavel, David F.
Based on the premise that deficiencies in student learning are inherent byproducts of the traditional school structure, this study compares the effects of an experimental curriculum program on student learning with its traditional structural counterpart. The traditional school structure is characterized by a heavy teacher workload, segmented student schedules, and limited individual teacher-student interaction. The Renaissance Program (RenPro) at Masconomet High decreased the student course load and increased the amount of teacher-student interaction time. Students took two 100-minute long courses per trimester. Students also participated in seminars, independent studies, foreign language programs, and physical education. Approximately 80 students, one-half of the ninth grade, volunteered. Initial assessment by the Harvard Graduate School of Education is inconclusive after only one year of program implementation. However, in a comparison of RenPro and traditional students' (TradPro) final examination scores, RenPro students performed marginally better than their TradPro peers. Other preliminary results were improved student-teacher relationships; increased student motivation; greater opportunity for indepth exploration of course material; decreased grading time; and the implementation of more effective teaching styles. Problems cited are student discipline problems and distrust of the program by the traditional school. However, the findings generally indicate that such programs are feasible alternatives to stimulate students' critical learning and thinking processes. (LMI)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Massachusetts