ERIC Number: ED436848
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
Reference Count: N/A
Building a Professional Community: The Case Study of Franklin Heights High School. Transforming Learning Communities.
Posgai, Jamie J.; 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 high school in 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 details the nature of the professional community, emphasizing the presence of reflective dialogue, shared norms and values, the collective focus on student learning, collaborative practices, and the de-privatization of practice. It then examines the collective focus on student learning and explores further the de-privatization of practice. The book closes with a plea to reformers to embrace innovation while valuing tradition. Two appendices outline the methodology and the observation protocol used for the study. (Contains 28 references and 27 figures.) (RJM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Authoring Institution: Ohio State Dept. of Education, Columbus.; Ontario Inst. for Studies in Education, Toronto.