ERIC Number: ED414383
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Building Community in One Southeastern Idaho Jr. High School: A Case Study. Draft.
Morales, Jeanette A.; Alexander, Gary C.
The work of E. Boyer (1995) and his "Basic School" research were used as a model for building community on one southeastern Idaho junior high school. Boyer's research concludes that the most successful ingredient for a successful school is "connections," and that those connections are predicated on a school becoming a community for learning. Hispanic students in the school in question, who represented 33% of the school's 724 students, were experiencing a high number of suspensions and expulsions. An assessment by the school district superintendent and two researchers suggested that the main problem was a lack of school community in which all students were considered and included in the community. A faculty and staff survey was completed by 43 respondents, and a student survey was distributed to 167 students. Responses to staff and student surveys created pictures of the school that reflected a diversity of opinions about the school. Faculty and staff were surprised at the disparities between their views and those of students. They realized that although their awareness of themes and issues in the school had been raised, their work to create a learning community had just begun. Their final task was to develop a plan that would address the themes identified in the staff workshops that reviewed the surveys. These themes were: (1) school-community relationships; (2) building-wide communication and problem solving; and (3) the consistency of the administration when dealing with students and staff. The student and faculty surveys are attached. (Contains 17 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Idaho