ERIC Number: ED435593
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999-Feb-8
Reference Count: N/A
The Professional Development School Movement: Is There a Clear Destination? Purpose, Responsibility, and Accountability in PDS Work.
This paper addresses the question of whether there is a clear destination for the Professional Development School (PDS) movement, examining whether perceived destinations are appropriate. The paper begins by outlining the commonly accepted four-part mission and the characteristics of PDSs; then it summarizes some of what is known about PDS achievements and effectiveness. The paper also examines what is not known about PDSs, including whether PDS work benefits children, whether PDSs increase teacher retention and/or performance, what it costs to operate a PDS, whether PDSs promote and advance equity for all learners, and whether PDSs enable the participation of students, families, and communities in decision making. Finally, the paper uses the discussion of what is known and not known as a lens through which to examine the question of whether it is necessary to refocus, clarify, and possibly modify the destination of PDS work. In considering that question, the paper attempts to situate the question within the context of broad issues of purpose, responsibility, and accountability in PDS work. (Contains 37 references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Professional Development School National Conference (4th, Kansas City, MO, February 1999).