ERIC Number: ED374553
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Progress Report on Restructuring Progress in Four Maryland Middle Schools: An RBS Report on Progress during 1991/92.
Research for Better Schools, Inc., Philadelphia, PA.
Four Maryland middle schools, the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE), and the Carnegie Corporation are collaborating to develop models of early adolescent education that: (1) improve overall student and school performance; (2) coordinate comprehensive service delivery to students requiring such care; (3) stimulate collaborative development of appropriate instructional programs; (4) actively promote educational success for special student populations; and (5) institute systematic professional development opportunities for adults. This paper describes the progress made by program participants during the 1991-92 school year. The three-stage research process involved: (1) interviews with 64 students and observations of 44 classrooms conducted in spring 1992; (2) informal followup interviews with 46 teachers, 7 administrators, 8 support staff, and 2 parents in fall 1992; and (3) document analysis. The data identified three indicators of a shared vision of student success: a shared vision that is locally determined and based on research and experience; students who view themselves as active learners; and intensive, open dialogue across all levels. In summary, systemic restructuring takes considerable time, energy, and courage on the part of everyone. It is also an inherently messy process. If substantial, systemic change is to occur, all key stakeholder groups must be engaged in a very time-consuming process. (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.
Identifiers - Location: Maryland