ERIC Number: ED361158
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992
Reference Count: N/A
Source Book on School and District Size, Cost, and Quality.
Minnesota Univ., Minneapolis. Hubert H. Humphrey Inst. of Public Affairs.; North Central Regional Educational Lab., Oak Brook, IL.
This source book brings together research about improving the ways that learning, teaching, and schooling are organized, and how school and school district size may affect such efforts. Six scholars were commissioned to address the questions of how to define quality in education; how school and district size are related to educational costs and quality; and what recommendations to offer to educators, school board members, and legislators. The papers are: (1) "Small Is Too Big: Achieving a Critical Anti-Mass in the High School" (Tom Gregory) (developing innovative small high schools oriented toward individual learning and democratic processes); (2) "Modern Conceptions of Educational Quality and State Policy Regarding Small Schooling Units" (David H. Monk) (the need for state policymakers to be more receptive to alternative forms of reorganization); (3) "Remapping the Terrain: School Size, Cost, and Quality" (Paul Nachtigal) (viewing the issues of educational size, cost, and quality from the perspective of maintaining healthy, viable communities); (4) "Size, Cost, and Quality of Schools and School Districts: A Question of Context" (Al Ramirez) (optimum size of educational institutions as an elastic concept related to institutional mission and setting and available resources); (5) "Small Is Beautiful" (Bethany Rogers) (evidence that a caring intimate environment lays the foundation for learning); and (6) "On Local Control: Is Bigger Better?" (Herbert J. Walberg) (states with lower achievement scores have bigger schools and districts and a larger percentage of educational funding provided by the state). (SV)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Consolidated Schools, Educational Finance, Educational Policy, Educational Quality, Elementary Secondary Education, Expenditure per Student, School Community Relationship, School District Reorganization, School District Size, School Districts, School Size, Small Schools, State School District Relationship
Publication Type: Collected Works - General
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Minnesota Univ., Minneapolis. Hubert H. Humphrey Inst. of Public Affairs.; North Central Regional Educational Lab., Oak Brook, IL.