ERIC Number: ED412641
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-Oct-18
Teacher Perceptions Regarding Block Scheduling: Reactions to Change.
A study of teacher perceptions regarding a proposal to adopt block scheduling was done at a small-city high school located in a predominantly rural county. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with 7 selected teachers from the faculty of 41. Lack of communication was found to be the central theme in the resistance that emerged. This paper explores the errors that were made by those initiating the proposal, the reactions of those involved, and what can be done to salvage the effort. The best outcome of the effort was to reveal sufficient resistance that the block scheduling proposal will be studied for at least another year. This will give the school district time to improve communication and allow the administration to make a commitment to support the teaching staff's decision about its needs under a new schedule. Teachers must be shown that the change is really worth the effort. (Author/SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Mid-Western Educational Research Association (Chicago, IL, October 18, 1997).