ERIC Number: ED338603
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
School Restructuring and Subject Subcultures.
Siskin, Leslie Santee
This paper reports on a longitudinal study, known as the Rancho Plan, begun in 1976 at a high school in California. The study was conducted to experiment with planned change in organizational and instructional structures. The data which have emerged offer teachers' recollections of what was and connect them to the long-term effects of a planned change effort. The Rancho Plan focused on the concept of professional communities which offer increased site-level autonomy, shared goals, norms, and objectives, and where teachers are involved in the decision-making process. The Rancho Plan was on the cutting edge of research and embodied what all new findings recommend. Since it was ahead of its time, it allows researchers to see what time has done to the early visions of what this school could, and should, become. Stories told by teachers in the Rancho experiment provide glimpses of the ways in which departments have developed into distinct professional communities. Rancho serves as a case history of an early attempt at what is now being promoted as restructuring, a reform effort involving educational researchers, policymakers, and practitioners. (LL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Center for Research on the Context of Secondary School Teaching.