ERIC Number: ED419425
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995
Reference Count: N/A
Case Studies of the Implementation of the First Steps Project in Twelve Schools.
This study documented implementation of the First Steps program, which provides additional support for development of literacy and numeracy among "at-risk" students in Western Australia schools, in twelve schools in different parts of the state, varying in population composition, and with different forms of support in adoption of First Steps methods. Data were gathered in surveys of principals, teachers, and parents and examination of school documents. The case studies are summarized. Findings include: all schools were making good progress in implementing the program; most had completed all or most of the professional development component; for most teachers, increases in workload and time demands had been heavy; those implementing one module at a time and following prescribed recording procedures had less difficulty; support from trained staff was perceived as vital to program success; more emphasis had been placed on the learning process; a sense of common purpose had evolved among staff; parents interviewed were highly supportive, but many were also poorly informed about the program; and parent participation was best in the lower grades. Program strengths and needs were also identified. (MSE)
Descriptors: Case Studies, Elementary Secondary Education, Foreign Countries, High Risk Students, Literacy Education, Numeracy, Parent Attitudes, Parent Participation, Principals, Program Effectiveness, Program Implementation, Tables (Data), Teacher Attitudes
Heinemann, 361 Hanover Street, Portsmouth, NH 03801.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Western Australia Education Dept., Perth.
Identifiers - Location: Australia