ERIC Number: ED375231
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
The Urban Learner Framework: An Overview.
Kinney, David A.; And Others
The Urban Education staff at Research for Better Schools (RBS), Inc., has developed a conceptual framework to address the complex issues that must be dealt with in urban school-restructuring efforts. This overview of the Urban Learner Framework (ULF) describes its two major features: four research-based themes that are the foundation for a new vision of the urban learner and the ramifications of these themes for decision-making within functional areas of school organization. The four themes are: (1) cultural diversity and learning; (2) unrecognized abilities and underdeveloped potential; (3) enhancement of ability development through motivation and effort; and (4) resilience of urban learners. Integration of knowledge and meaning across these themes leads to a new vision of urban learners that focuses on their strengths. The second major feature of the ULF is a set of decision-making guidelines that begins with determining an appropriate curriculum, instruction, and assessment and then designing effective staff-development programs. Establishing a supportive school environment and building visionary leadership and effective management are other decision-making guideline topics. A list of RBS activities and products is included. (Contains 42 references.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Ability, Administration, Cooperation, Cultural Differences, Curriculum Development, Decision Making, Educational Change, Educational Environment, Elementary Secondary Education, Learning Theories, Models, Motivation, School Restructuring, Student Characteristics, Student Motivation, Urban Schools, Urban Youth
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Research for Better Schools, Inc., Philadelphia, PA.