ERIC Number: ED415217
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Inside the One Room Schoolhouse: A Look at Nongraded Classrooms from the Inside Out.
Britt, Patricia M.
This study examined nongraded, multi-age elementary classrooms from the perspective of involved principals, teachers, and parents. Data came from field notes taken at on-site observations and from in-person structured and unstructured interviews with principals and teachers. The schools were all located in a small urban town in north central Mississippi. The study found that the schools set up and operated the nongraded classrooms in different ways. The classrooms operated according to the philosophy of the teachers in charge of the classes under the guidance of the principal; each classroom was different from the next. The schools that experienced the most success were those in which the teachers did not feel threatened and were given the freedom to operate as they deemed appropriate. Some parent concerns included mixing the sexes, having siblings in the same room, giving up traditional grading and assessment, and possibly short-changing math. Keeping parents continually informed and working together with the school, teacher, and students were important guiding principles to ensure success, according to one principal. Another principal stated that authentic assessment was the key to success. (Contains 8 references.) (SM)
Descriptors: Administrator Attitudes, Elementary Education, Elementary School Students, Elementary School Teachers, Mixed Age Grouping, Nongraded Instructional Grouping, Parent Attitudes, Parent School Relationship, Parent Teacher Cooperation, Portfolio Assessment, Principals, School Restructuring, Student Evaluation, Teacher Attitudes
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Mississippi