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ERIC Number: ED361859
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Apr
Pages: 34
Abstractor: N/A
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Evaluating the Impact and Institutionalization of a School Restructuring Effort.
Bean, Rita M.; And Others
This paper presents findings of a study that evaluated the impact and institutionalization of Project READ/Inquiring School, a school-reform project for systemic change. The product of collaboration between the University of Pittsburgh and several school districts in western Pennsylvania, the project's goals are: (1) to help schools build literacy programs; and (2) to promote systemwide change through professional collaboration across grades and shared decision making in curriculum planning. Methodology included observations, focus group interviews, interviews with participating principals and teachers, and analyses of student achievement data and student writing samples. Findings indicate that the program had an overall impact on the teachers, students, and school as a whole. However, teachers tended to focus more on the strategies and activities most emphasized in the workshops. Teachers need ongoing support and feedback to help them reflect on their teaching and its impact on student learning. The program also affected student behavior, in that students of all ability levels were more actively involved in and enthusiastic about learning. Finally, recommendations are made to develop multiple measures of student performance and to involve schools in making decisions about the evaluation of instructional programs. Five tables are included. (LMI)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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Identifiers - Location: Pennsylvania