ERIC Number: ED436847
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
Reference Count: N/A
A Changing School Culture: The Case Study of Galion Middle School. Transforming Learning Communities.
Berkowitz, JoAnn M.; Uline, Cynthia L.
This book is part of a series of case studies that demonstrate better ways to educate Ohio's students. The case study is part of the Transforming Learning Communities (TLC) Project, designed to support significant school-reform efforts among Ohio's elementary, middle, and high schools. This report describes the implementation of an innovative program at a middle school in north-central Ohio. It is based on a 9-month study that included observations, analysis of documents, and interviews of faculty, staff, administrators, and other stakeholders. Some of the questions researchers asked about the program included: "What are the structures, strategies, and support networks that have developed to encourage change?" and "What is the nature of the learning community at the high school?" The text provides a history of the school and then details the team approach that was incorporated into the school. It describes the historical, organizational, developmental, and political dimensions of teaming, and the dilemmas that stakeholders faced in implementing the team approach. It discusses the changing student culture in the classroom and the transformation of relationships. The text outlines the value in extending a new school culture beyond school walls and presents strategies for connecting reforms in the school corridors with practices in the classrooms. The appendix describes the project methodology. (Contains 38 references.) (RJM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Ohio State Dept. of Education, Columbus.; Ontario Inst. for Studies in Education, Toronto.
Identifiers - Location: Ohio