ERIC Number: ED436855
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Oct
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Traditional Schools, Progressive Schools: Do Parents Have a Choice? A Case Study of Ohio.
This report presents the results of a 1999 survey of 336 elementary schools in Ohio. It examines progressive and traditional practices in public, Catholic, and independent schools and offers an overview of the different kinds of schools. Rather than asking principals to characterize their schools as progressive or traditional, principals were presented with a chart listing pairs of contrasting practices (teacher-led instruction vs. student-initiated discovery learning, for example) and were asked to indicate which of the two approaches described common practices in their schools. The results illustrate the variety of schools available to parents and children in Ohio. Among schools in general, there is more diversity than might have been expected. Schools occupy both ends of the progressive-traditional spectrum within each of the three sectors: Catholic, public, and independent. However, the three types were not that different from each other, and greater educational diversity existed within each sector than between sectors. Catholic schools tended to be more progressive than either public schools or independent schools. On average, independent schools were more traditional than public schools, with the former being most consistent with the educational practices they adopted, suggesting a more clearly articulated educational philosophy. (RJM)
Descriptors: Case Studies, Comparative Analysis, Educational Philosophy, Educational Practices, Elementary Education, Elementary Schools, Progressive Education, State Surveys, Teaching Methods, Traditional Schools
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Sponsor: Thomas B. Fordham Foundation, Washington, DC.
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Identifiers - Location: Ohio