ERIC Number: ED334648
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-May
Restructuring Schools: Fourteen Elementary and Secondary Teachers' Perspectives on Reform. Occasional Paper No. 9.
Murphy, Joseph; And Others
Few efforts have been made to inject teachers' voices into discussions on school restructuring. Qualitative, in-depth interviews were conducted with 14 teachers to ascertain what the "average" teacher thinks about restructuring. The majority of interviewees held positive perceptions about restructuring, but opinions differed on the feasibility of changing schools. Hopes for interdisciplinary curriculums integrated across time and subject matter and for school climates that fostered a sense of unity were widespread. Teachers also expressed desires for more freedom to teach what they think is best and additional support personnel. Almost all teachers felt that more social and academic benefits would be available to students as a result of restructuring. The interview questionnaire is appended. (26 references) (EJS)
Descriptors: Curriculum, Educational Change, Educational Environment, Elementary Secondary Education, Participative Decision Making, School Based Management, School Restructuring, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Morale, Teacher Response
Harvard Graduate School of Education, The National Center for Education Leadership, 443 Gutman Library, 6 Appian Way, Cambridge, MA 02138 ($4.00 prepaid).
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Center for Educational Leadership, Nashville, TN.