ERIC Number: ED374550
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Jan-22
School Restructuring: Building Connections, Adjusting to New Roles and Spreading the Vision.
Sidler, Jennifer L.
Focus groups are conducted each year to gather information to help Research for Better Schools (RBS) in its planning process. This document reports on the latest round of focus groups held in spring and fall 1992. Eight focus-group sessions composed of parents, teachers, and students were conducted at one elementary and one high school in Greensburg, Pennsylvania, in their second year of restructuring. The following themes were identified: the development of connections between students and the school, new collaborative roles for teachers, new active student roles, and the importance of communicating and sharing the vision. The following problems of implementing school restructuring were identified: (1) teachers need significant staff development and support; (2) students who are less entrenched in traditional learning environments present less resistance to restructuring; (3) students often rebel against the vehicle designed to link them to both school and learning; and (4) efforts should be made to inform and include all members of the school community. (LMI)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Research for Better Schools, Inc., Philadelphia, PA.