ERIC Number: ED371474
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993
Reference Count: N/A
Years of Transition: Times for Change. A Review and Analysis of Pilot Projects Investigating Issues in the Transition Years. Volume Three: The Realities of Restructuring: Case Studies of Transition.
Hargreaves, Andy; And Others
Ontario's Transition Years initiatives, designed to change schooling structures and processes and ease early adolescents' transition to high school, seem to place teachers in equally trying and traumatic transitions in their work and careers. Program components challenge teachers' sense of competence and effectiveness and threaten to consume exhaustive amounts of time and energy to reach a state that teachers may not consider worthwhile. In an effort to understand how change can benefit both teachers and students, this volume presents qualitative case studies of six secondary schools working to implement various components of the Transition Years initiatives. These cases get at restructuring realities that often differ among students, teachers, administrators, and parents. The study focuses on certain determinants of participants' existing practices and perspectives, including contexts and expectations, biography and previous experience, career goals and interests, and cultural membership. Findings show that the Transition Years initiatives involve much more than destreaming (untracking) and involve teachers in different learning points. The major changes occurred in the corridors and back rooms of case study schools. Teachers can cope with uncertain changes by responding collectively and concretely. Restructuring requires strong commitment, favorable work place conditions, and should involve teachers, students, and parents. (MLH)
Descriptors: Ability Grouping, Adolescents, Case Studies, Educational Change, Foreign Countries, Grade 9, Integrated Curriculum, Junior High Schools, Teacher Response, Track System (Education), Transitional Programs
MGS Publications Services, 880 Bay Street, 5th Floor, Toronto, Ontario M7A 1N8, Canada (4 volume set: ISBN-0-7778-1180-4).
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
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Authoring Institution: Ontario Ministry of Education and Training, Toronto.
Identifiers - Location: Canada