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ERIC Number: ED406380
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Pages: 27
Abstractor: N/A
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A Dilemma for Secondary School Leaders: Developing Common Understandings about "Good" Classroom Practices among Parents and between Parents and Educators.
Konzal, Jean L.
To address the question of whether common ground in the area of school reform is possible among parents, and between parents and educators, a qualitative inquiry used theater scripts created from interviews with parents, teachers, and school administrators. The study was conducted in a small New England town where changing demographics had resulted in a diverse population with a variety of mental models of good schools. Discussions and disagreements had to do with new curriculums in mathematics and social studies. The scripts showed clearly that once educational leaders decide to build communities that include parents they will face many obstacles to common understanding. Some of these obstacles were: diversity of parent backgrounds and mental models, a gap between parent and teacher understanding about what makes a good school, ambivalence about the status of parents in the school community, lack of mutual trust and respect, and time constraints. One conclusion of the study was that educational leaders need to fashion a community in which parents and professionals together construct models of a "good" school. (Contains 39 references.) (LH)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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