ERIC Number: ED387883
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Jan-20
Restructuring for Student Success.
Corbett, Dick; Wilson, Bruce
This paper argues that the student role has been overlooked in the educational-change literature. New definitions of student success imply new definitions of what being a student means. The paper argues that research studies and reform initiatives must consciously treat the issue of student-role change as seriously as they have adult-role change. Every change effort requires consideration of the fit between new sets of expectations for students and students' existing views of "the way school is supposed to be." Thus, the goal of improving student results is inextricably linked to how students choose to carry out the role of student. The paper proposes that student-role redefinition is the critical linchpin between adult reform behavior and student success, and that failing to acknowledge and accept this connection is a potentially fatal flaw in promoting understanding of reform and in creating effective change initiatives. One way to alter the organizational and cultural context is through implementing a collaborative image of the relationship between adults and students in schools. (Contains 20 references.) (LMI)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Research for Better Schools, Inc., Philadelphia, PA.