ERIC Number: ED430756
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Evaluation of Quest High School Network Inquiry into Improvement Conference, October 1997.
As part of its contract to develop a framework for continuous school improvement in its four-state region (Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia), Appalachia Educational Laboratory staff designed the Quest project. Based upon principles of inquiry, collaboration, and action research, Quest supports and investigates ongoing school improvement efforts through conferences, visits to participating schools, communication via listserv and mailings, and the creation of a Quest network of schools. The first network conference was held October 5-7, 1997, in Roanoke, Virginia. Teams consisting of students, teachers, parents, and administrators from each of nine high schools attended, for a total of 36 participants. Evaluation data were generated by participant observation, unstructured interviews, quantitative and qualitative feedback forms, and follow-up forms. Data indicate that the conference's six goals--connect with colleagues, create a learning community, connect with concepts related to continuous school improvement, create personal and shared meaning, commit to continue learning with this community, and commit to continue the Quest back home--were successfully achieved, in spite of some participant discomfort with the Quest approach. Follow-up data suggest that Quest had prompted discussions within some schools concerning improvement strategies, and some schools instituted small school-improvement projects. The Quest listserv was not used by many participants. Recommendations are made for improving future conferences. Three appendices present feedback and follow-up forms and the evaluation standards checklist. (Author/TD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Appalachia Educational Lab., Charleston, WV.