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ERIC Number: ED361895
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Apr
Pages: 10
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School Self-Studies: Respecting the Context of Schools.
Snyder, Jon
This paper describes fourth-year outcomes of the Brooklyn New School (BNS), a parent/staff-run alternative public elementary school located in Brooklyn, New York's Community School District #15. The BNS used a self-study process, in which an external researcher collected school data through document analysis, interviews, and participant observation. A draft of the evaluation was rewritten and edited by BNS faculty and staff. The school community goals were to: (1) provide a secure emotional and physical environment; (2) provide an academic curriculum that creates students who are able to face the challenges and problems of life; (3) provide a social curriculum where all are treated with trust and respect, and all value, appreciate, and utilize diversity; and (4) create a small democratic community center where all are equal partners in the learning process. The process offered suggestions for ways of thinking about school goals, provided a different lens on the structures and processes in place to meet those goals, validated existing and invented new school-assessment practices, and proved and improved the effectiveness of safeguards and incentives. In conclusion, self-studies, collaboratively undertaken by insiders and external friendly critics, can serve as starting points for discussion among all members of the school community, as accountability reports to the district and/or state, and as documentation of successful practices. (LMI)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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