ERIC Number: ED401600
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996
Learning Experiences in School Renewal: An Exploration of Five Successful Programs.
Joyce, Bruce, Ed.; Calhoun, Emily, Ed.
This book presents case-study findings of five school systems' efforts to become true learning communities through action research into the school-renewal process. The programs were located in the Southeast, Midwest, Far West, and an overseas region of the Department of Defense Dependents Schools. The programs shared three characteristics: a focus on improving student learning, an investment in people, and a commitment to generating knowledge about important aspects of school renewal and staff development. Program outcomes led to the development of the following hypotheses: (1) restructuring job assignments and schedules to build time for collective inquiry into the workplace will increase school-improvement activity; (2) active democracy and collective inquiry create the structural conditions in which the process of school improvement is nested; (3) learning to study the learning environment will increase inquiry into ways of helping students learn better; (4) connecting the faculty to the knowledge base on teaching and learning will generate more successful initiatives; (5) staff development will provide synergy and result in initiatives that have greater student effects; and (6) working in small groups will increase the sense of belonging among faculty members. Thirty-one tables are included. (Contains 134 references.) (LMI)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Action Research, Case Studies, Educational Cooperation, Educational Environment, Educational Improvement, Elementary Secondary Education, Methods Research, Operations Research, Participatory Research, Program Implementation, Theory Practice Relationship
Editor, ERIC Clearinghouse on Educational Management, 5207 University of Oregon, Eugene, OR 97403-5207 ($14.95 plus $4 postage and handling."
Publication Type: Books; Reports - Descriptive; ERIC Publications
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Educational Management, Eugene, OR.