ERIC Number: ED396063
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Nov
Magnet Schools: Pockets of Excellence in a Sea of Diversity. An Examination of How Eleven Magnet Schools Further the Goals of School Desegregation in Federal Region F.
Scott, Bradley; De Luna, Anna
The effectiveness of magnet schools in providing racially balanced learning environments for students and the overall quality of the education they provide were studied in an investigation of 11 magnet school campuses in Federal Region F, which includes Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas. Sites included three elementary schools, four middle school or junior high schools, and four high schools. Data were collected through on-site observations and interviews with the local on-site coordinators and appropriate local officials. Findings suggest that, as a desegregation strategy of choice, magnet schools are seen to be a viable alternative for creating schools that work for all students regardless of race, sex, and national origin. If the practices that work best in magnet schools could be transferred to all schools, quality equitable learning experiences would result. Maintaining magnet schools as pockets of excellence will not meet the needs of the nation's students in the year 2000 and beyond. Therefore, it is in everyone's collective interest to adopt the promising practices of magnet schools as part of the ongoing operations of non-magnet schools when and wherever possible. Appendix A discusses research instrumentation, and Appendix B contains the study's 12 figures. (Contains 12 tables, 12 figures, and 12 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Intercultural Development Research Association, San Antonio, TX.