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ERIC Number: ED411207
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
Pages: 38
Abstractor: N/A
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Beyond the Ivory Tower: Results of a Series of Reflective and Inquiry-Oriented Staff Development Workshops at an Urban Elementary School.
Rearick, Mary L.
Aspects of the school environment and interactions in the larger school-community context that affect children's literacy were examined in a school located in a predominantly lower income urban community in the northeast where 97 percent of the students are African American, Jamaican, or Hispanic. Four dimensions of the literacy program were studied: (1) subject matter and pedagogical content knowledge; (2) teaching arrangements and strategies; (3) the learner's development and understanding; and (4) social conditions and issues. Data were collected over a 7-month period from participant observation in strategic planning meetings, school socials, student council elections, significant school-wide assemblies, empirical observations in hallways, meetings and classrooms, and from surveys, inventories, interviews, and staff development workshops. Findings indicate that parents are actively involved with a clearly articulated vision and children's voices are heard in planning meetings, at school assemblies and in student government. School administrators create the social conditions, structures and processes to promote a sense of community and empower people to achieve their full potential. Appendices provide an outline of the writing workshop; a questionnaire for teachers on writing assessment; the Connecticut Mastery Test Rubric for Narrative Writing, Grade 4; and an article entitled "Lack of Vision Makes the Vision Product No Ambition" by Jelani Harper. (Contains 110 references.) (LH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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