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ERIC Number: ED364948
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993
Pages: 50
Abstractor: N/A
Organizing Schools into Smaller Units: A Planning Guide.
Oxley, Diane
The idea of organizing secondary schools into smaller units has gained support in the last decade. This guidebook is designed to support efforts to develop an effective small-unit plan for high schools. The first two sections highlight the benefits of small-unit organizations and identify the institutional barriers to implementation. Proponents of small-unit organization argue that it dispels alienation, supports a more coordinated and concentrated instructional approach, and offers teachers more input into the decision-making process. Challenges center around administration, assignment of students to core-curriculum teachers, student support, and teacher roles. The third section details the essential features of small-unit organization--instruction, student support, physical facilities, and unit management. The fourth and fifth sections provide examples of two schools that have successfully implemented small-unit plans--the Koln-Holweide Comprehensive School in Germany and William Penn High School in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Five tables and two figures are included. The appendix contains additional planning resources. (LMI)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: EXXON Education Foundation, New York, NY.; Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Temple Univ., Philadelphia. Center for Research in Human Development and Education.
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A