ERIC Number: ED414407
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-Dec
Case Studies of Urban Schools: Portrayals of Schools in Change.
Wermuth, Thomas R.; Maddy-Bernstein, Carolyn; Grayson, Thomas E.
A purposeful sample of four comprehensive urban high schools involved in educational restructuring initiatives was analyzed to determine how each site has implemented educational restructuring efforts and how vocational education fits into those restructuring efforts. The four sites studied were as follows: Bryan High School in Omaha, Nebraska; Humboldt Secondary Complex in St. Paul, Minnesota; Mayfield High School in Las Cruces, New Mexico; and West Charlotte High School in Charlotte, North Carolina. The sites were selected on the basis of four criteria: membership in the Urban Schools Network; presence of regular and vocational offerings; presence of school-restructuring activities; and interest in participation. Data were collected through the following methods: onsite observations; interviews with key stakeholders (teachers, students, parents, administrators, employers, and others); and review of pertinent documents and records. At three sites, economic viability appeared to be the primary motive for restructuring. Societal equality appeared to be the primary motive for restructuring at the fourth site. No school had addressed the need to evaluate the impact and outcomes associated with restructuring. Vocational education's involvement was related to the following: infusion of Perkins funding, development of integrated courses, tech prep, school-to-work activities, career academies, and the implementation of a career planning portfolio program for all students. (Contains 10 references.) (MN)
Descriptors: Case Studies, Change Strategies, Comparative Analysis, Educational Objectives, Educational Practices, Educational Trends, High Schools, Leadership, Occupational Clusters, School Restructuring, Tech Prep, Trend Analysis, Two Year Colleges, Urban Areas, Urban Education, Vocational Education
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Vocational and Adult Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Center for Research in Vocational Education, Berkeley, CA.