ERIC Number: ED349678
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-May-27
Restructuring Public Schools: Theorists versus Practitioners. Research Report.
Smith, Gerald R.; And Others
Findings of a study that compared educational theorists' and practitioners' thinking about school restructuring are presented in this paper. A questionnaire mailed to 43 theorists elicited 27 responses, a 63 percent response rate. The same questionnaire was completed by 131 principals, 95 teachers, and 12 other school personnel from 129 out of 178 schools in 30 states, a 67 percent response rate. Findings affirm the grassroots nature of restructuring leadership. Except for student achievement, which was ranked first by both groups, there was no common agreement about restructuring goals. Theorists tended to be more pessimistic than the principals and teachers about the educational change process. Practitioners' reported that their daily experiences made them aware of the need to think about schooling in new ways; none of the theorists mentioned this theme. Practitioners expressed new understandings of school-based decision making, involving collaborative partnerships. Fifteen tables are included. Appendices contain a copy of the survey and statistical rankings. (Contains 35 references.) (LMI)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Indiana Univ., Bloomington. School of Education.