ERIC Number: ED404752
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Look Who's Talking Now: Student Views of Learning in Restructuring Schools.
Kushman, James W., Ed.
Since 1988, a team composed of staff from 10 educational regional laboratories, teachers, administrators, and students have worked to become a learning community. This report describes the development and activities of the restructuring collaborative that gathered information on students and learning. Chapters 2 through 8 present case studies from an elementary school, three high schools, a network of reforming schools, a group of reform-minded teachers, and a survey of Kentucky students. The case studies represent the views of over 1,000 students from diverse communities and schools on school restructuring. Methods included interviews, small focus groups, surveys, and observation. Chapter 9 discusses common themes that emerged from the case-study data: (1) Students are keen observers of how people relate to each other within the school walls; (2) a variety of learning styles exists, which necessitates providing a variety of learning activities; and (3) students continue to view success in school in very traditional terms. Chapter 10 discusses how schools can systematically gather information from students in a short time, outlining three "data-in-a-day" strategies for gathering, collecting, and analyzing data. Twenty tables are included. Appendices include copies of the interview guides, the survey instrument, and contact information. (LMI)
Descriptors: Action Research, Data Analysis, Data Collection, Elementary Secondary Education, Learning Motivation, Learning Strategies, School Restructuring, Student Attitudes, Student Needs
Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory, 101 SW Main Street, Suite 500, Portland, OR 97204 ($14.75).
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Northwest Regional Educational Lab., Portland, OR. School Improvement Program.