ERIC Number: ED412313
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Reference Count: N/A
"I Don't Want Your Nasty Pot of Gold": Urban School Climate and Public Policy.
Payne, Charles M.
Few of the current major efforts to improve urban schools adequately appreciate the extent to which the problematic social climate of urban schools can undermine the implementation of even very good ideas. As a result, programs often come and go with little lasting impact. This paper uses ethnographic fieldwork to illustrate the ways dysfunctional relationships among teachers, parents, and administrators interfere with the actual implementation of reform programs even when all parties are substantially in agreement about goals and means. Data are from 16 elementary schools in Chicago (Illinois) that are trying to implement the Comer process of school reform (J. Comer, 1980 and later). The operating assumptions underlying several current reform efforts are contrasted with the day-to-day realities of schools. (Contains 54 references.) (Author/SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
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Authoring Institution: Northwestern Univ., Evanston, IL. Inst. for Policy Research.