ERIC Number: ED357428
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993
Reference Count: N/A
Taking Stock of School Restructuring.
Research Roundup, v9 n3 Spr 1993
Now that there are enough school-restructuring experiments to evaluate, one can examine what has been learned about transforming the restructuring concept into reality. Although principals recognize that restructuring will reshape their leadership role, studies show these administrators are pivotal to school-improvement efforts. Fred Newmann differentiates restructuring proposals according to four areas (student experiences, teachers' professional life, school management and leadership, and coordination of community resources) and presents six outcomes (authentic achievement, equity, empowerment, communities of learning, reflective dialogue, and accountability) for evaluating new structures. David Conley brings together findings from research, practice, policy analyses, and reformers' works. His book examines restructuring's rationale and context, changing role and responsibilities, dimensions, and process. Mark Berends' study of 214 schools discusses which of four general schooling categories were most frequently restructured, examines specific criteria met in each category, and speculates about why few of these schools were comprehensively restructured. Valerie Lee and Julia Smith focus on restructuring effects on middle-school students' achievement, engagement with academic work, and at-risk behaviors. Betty Davidson reports on how teachers' roles were affected in four schools that exchanged a top-down structure for a participatory, bottom-up Accelerated Schools model. (MLH)
Descriptors: Acceleration (Education), Administrator Role, Elementary Secondary Education, Leadership Responsibility, Outcomes of Education, Participative Decision Making, Program Evaluation, Program Implementation, School Restructuring, Teacher Role, Theory Practice Relationship
National Association of Elementary School Principals, 1615 Duke Street, Alexandria, VA 22314-3483 ($2.50; quantity discounts).
Publication Type: ERIC Publications; Collected Works - Serials
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Association of Elementary School Principals, Alexandria, VA.; ERIC Clearinghouse on Educational Management, Eugene, OR.