ERIC Number: ED419630
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
One Step Toward a Learner-Centered High School.
Petri, Mart; Bingham, C. Steven
This paper suggests that education leaders who would create learner-centered schools should define and understand the prevailing organizational structures and educational processes of their schools and determine whether or not these subsystems support or oppose one another. This report examines the use of a self-assessment, diagnostic tool (the Kite) designed to reveal incongruities between organizational and educational subsystems within high schools. Building from successful implementation in schools in the Netherlands and elsewhere in Europe, the study described in the report examined the efficacy of the Kite process in American schools. Four case studies of schools in the southwest United States are presented. The case studies indicate that in all schools, staff participants were interested and active in assessing their work environment, this in the apparent absence of teacher opportunity to routinely discuss school development. Tension between teachers' desires to teach students as individuals and the top-down requirement for standardization and accountability was commonplace. Based on these findings, the report notes that application of the Kite framework as a diagnostic tool can help a school identify its barriers to concentrated reform efforts by constructing an authentic picture of the school, which can then be measured against the qualities and practices of a learner-centered environment. (Appendix details the Kite components, models, and assessment procedures. Contains 18 references.) (HTH)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Sponsor: Southeastern Regional Vision for Education (SERVE), Tallahassee, FL.; Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: N/A