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ERIC Number: ED424667
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Aug
Pages: 14
Abstractor: N/A
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Perceived Barriers to Improvement in Education: Targeting Reform Efforts.
Lovette, Otis; Savoie, Joe; Armenta, Anthony
This paper explores factors that teachers consider to be "barriers" to educational improvement. For the study, "barriers" are those things that hinder or restrict progress. Subjects for the study were graduate students (N=151) in educational leadership programs at three Louisiana universities. The survey instrument, called the Barrier Inventory, was developed at Northeast Louisiana University with the assistance of graduate students. The items in the inventory were indicative of the barriers that the students perceived in their working environment and were developed to provide information about barriers in respondents' individual schools, as well as systemwide barriers. The teachers who responded to the instrument represented 29 of Louisiana's 66 school districts. Identified barriers included student discipline, salary and fringe benefits, and dysfunctional families. Overall, the findings identified various factors, most of which were outside the school environment, that were perceived as limiting improvement in K-12 schools. The paper claims that teachers have less control over the shaping of their students than ever before. An appendix contains the Barrier Inventory. (RJM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Louisiana