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ERIC Number: ED446370
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Mar-6
Pages: 28
Abstractor: N/A
Educational Community Study Circles: How Superintendents Can Enhance School Improvement through Community Dialogue.
Chesser, Jo Sykes; McNeal, Larry
In 1998, the Study Circles Resource Center, Arkansas Friends for Better Schools, Southwest Educational Development Laboratory, and Oklahoma League of Women Voters involved 900 people in Arkansas and Oklahoma in the Calling the Roll: Study Circles for Better Schools program to address educational problems and link the community and schools. Study circles use small, highly participatory, facilitated groups to explore such issues as race relations, crime, and violence. This program and research effort is the first focusing on the use of study circles in education on a statewide basis. Arkansas Friends endorsed the assistance of superintendents in efforts to involve parents in study-circle programs. Preliminary analysis of research data from 262 questionnaires and 216 post-questionnaires compiled by The Center for Research on Teaching and Learning at the University of Arkansas and the University of Oklahoma at Norman from 5 Arkansas cities indicates a positive response to this type of group dialogue and collaboration. The data indicate involvement of superintendents enhances parental participation and the use of trained facilitators in small-group deliberation is vital to the dialogue process. Superintendents could be the catalysts for educational change in Arkansas using better communication strategies through study circles to improve community involvement and school performance. (Contains 22 references.) (TEJ)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Arkansas