ERIC Number: ED371469
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993
Reference Count: N/A
Changing Times, Changing Minds: The Consultation Process in Considering Year-Round Schooling.
Weiss, Joel; Coryell, Jane
A review of literature on year-round schooling (YRS) points to the necessity of participant involvement in the change process. This document focuses on the story of one Ontario school board's deliberations around modifying the school calendar. Following the introduction, part 1 provides a background of YRS, its claims and criticisms, and information on the consultation process. Part 2 provides examples of some Ontario school boards' experiences with YRS. Chapter 4 briefly describes the activities of four boards--York Region, Halton Region, Muskoka Board of Education, and Peel Board of Education. The fifth chapter describes a research study of the consultation process experienced by the Durham Board of Education in Ontario, which had been considering pilot projects for modifying the school calendar in some elementary schools. Data were obtained through interviews, observations, and document analysis. Chapters 6 and 7 offer an analysis of the Durham policy process and the overall role of the consultation process in policy making. Suggestions for dealing with uncertainty in decision making are offered. Factors for successful consultation include a sense of purpose and ownership, a variety of alternatives, adequate expertise, a team approach, and consideration of timing and the political process. One figure is included. Part 3 contains 168 references that are listed by the following categories: the debate about YRS; organization and management issues; educational issues; community issues; and accounts of individual experiences. Appendices contain letters, financial data, and a suggested modified school year draft. (LMI)
Descriptors: Educational Policy, Elementary Secondary Education, Foreign Countries, Organizational Change, Participative Decision Making, Policy Formation, School Schedules, Year Round Schools
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Ontario Ministry of Education and Training, Toronto.
Authoring Institution: Ontario Inst. for Studies in Education, Toronto.
Identifiers - Location: Canada