ERIC Number: ED420398
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-Apr
Stories From Three States: Changing to Mixed-Age Primaries.
Changes in the structure of instruction in schools may affect a variety of participants in the educational system. These first-person narratives from teachers, staff, parents and students detail how each was affected by the change to mixed-age programming in kindergarten through third grade. Participants came from a number of schools in three western states, and represented schools in rural regions, small towns, suburbs, and cities. These narratives were collected through site observations, interviews, focus groups, staff training materials such as self-study scoring sheets, and training session evaluations. When these stories are brought together, common patterns surface as to what participants like or thought worked, and what was hard and remains difficult. Important factors in making a successful transition to the new program are highlighted, including: having a shared vision; focusing on staff development; and involving administrators, teachers and families in planning for and implementing change. Common outcomes of this process include the way teachers rethought and improved teaching practice and content, the new partnerships between teachers and families, the increasing professional satisfaction, and the difficulties in implementing mixed-age grouping. (JPB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the American Educational Research Association (San Diego, CA, April 13-17, 1998).