ERIC Number: ED375233
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990-Jun-30
Reference Count: N/A
An Exploratory Study of a Chapter 1 Schoolwide Project and Current Instructional Practice. Spring Garden Elementary School, School District of Philadelphia.
Research for Better Schools, Inc., Philadelphia, PA.
In December 1989, the School District of Philadelphia (Pennsylvania) and Research for Better Schools, Inc., with the support of the Pennsylvania State Department of Education, initiated a collaborative 2-year study of the district's Chapter 1 schoolwide projects. This report presents findings from the study of Spring Garden Elementary School (grades K through 5), one of the schoolwide projects initiated in 1988. Section I describes what it means to be involved in a schoolwide project, on the basis of interviews with principal and staff and observations. Section II presents an overview of current instructional practice on the basis of visits to eight classrooms and interviews with eight teachers over a 2-day observation period. Section III explores the instruction received by three Spring Garden students over a given school day. Section IV describes the reflections of evaluators about the process, comments on staff's and parents' energy and interest in improvement, and highlights some challenges for the future. Eleven tables present study data, and an appendix contains the daily schedules of the three students. (SLD)
Descriptors: Case Studies, Classroom Observation Techniques, Compensatory Education, Curriculum Evaluation, Educational Improvement, Educationally Disadvantaged, Elementary Education, Elementary School Students, Elementary Schools, Federal Programs, High Risk Students, Instructional Effectiveness, Interviews, Parent Participation, School Districts, Staff Development, Student Characteristics, Teaching Methods, Teamwork, Urban Schools
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.; Philadelphia School District, PA.
Authoring Institution: Research for Better Schools, Inc., Philadelphia, PA.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Education Consolidation Improvement Act Chapter 1; Hawkins Stafford Act 1988