ERIC Number: ED374792
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
An Investigation into the Feasibility of Using Computer Technology in Achievement Directed Leadership.
Research for Better Schools, Inc., Philadelphia, PA.
Between 1977 and 1981, the Basic Skills Component of Research for Better Schools worked with education agencies to develop a research-based approach to improving basic skills instruction and student achievement. Called Achievement Directed Leadership (ADL), the approach was field tested extensively in three school districts during the 1981-82 school year. It is noted that these tests provided persuasive evidence that educators could be trained to use research findings to monitor and manage critical classroom processes, and further evidence strongly suggested that student achievement improved according to the degree of ADL implementation. A key element in the project was the development of a microcomputer program to facilitate the collection and management of quantitative data by educators for their instructional decision making. The introduction to this report provides an overview of the investigation, a description of ADL, and a discussion of the use of microcomputers in schools. The methodology of the project is then presented, including the plan of investigation and the procedure. The section on the conduct of the investigation and findings of the project describes the design of the microcomputer-based support system for the ADL; the component's efforts to modify commercially available software to assist educators with the management of ADL; and the development and evaluation of an in-house software program, CONFERENCE. Finally, the conclusion addresses the technical feasibility and advantages for users in using the microcomputer for ADL data-based decision making. Included in the appendices are data collection forms, the principal/teacher conference form, and the CONFERENCE program code. (JLB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Computer Programs; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Research for Better Schools, Inc., Philadelphia, PA.