ERIC Number: ED448957
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Rural School Principals' Views on the Comprehensive School Reform Demonstration Program Application Process. Rural Education Research Report.
Leopold, Gregory D.; Childers, Robert D.; Howley-Rowe, Caitlin
To generate information that would help rural schools take advantage of the Comprehensive School Reform Demonstration (CSRD) program, 47 principals of rural schools in Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia were interviewed via telephone. The schools fell into two categories: schools that applied but were not funded through the CSRD program and schools that were eligible for CSRD funding but did not apply. Principals from both groups indicated that rural schools needed more information about the CSRD program and technical assistance in preparing proposals; obstacles to school reform included resistance to change among staff and community members and insufficient resources, time, community support, and understanding of school reform efforts; the districts supported reform efforts but community support for reform was mixed; and assistance was needed in technology utilization, proposal development, effective curricular strategies, and parental involvement. Principals from schools that applied but were not funded noted limited resources and preparation time. Principals from schools that did not apply said they were unaware of the program. Principals from schools that applied but were not funded indicated that various reform efforts were being implemented at their schools, with most being funded by other sources. Principals from schools that did not apply most frequently noted state-mandated reforms being implemented in their schools. Implications for CSRD implementation include increasing support for disadvantaged schools, designing enough flexibility into CSRD programs to meet the needs of rural schools, and ensuring that rural schools are fully aware of the program in time to prepare for it. Appendix contains interview questions. (TD)
Descriptors: Administrator Attitudes, Disadvantaged Schools, Educational Change, Elementary Secondary Education, Parent Participation, Principals, Program Attitudes, Program Implementation, Resistance to Change, Rural Schools, School Community Relationship, School Surveys, Technical Assistance
Full text at Web site: http://www.ael.org/rel/rural/abstract/leopold.htm.
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: AEL, Inc., Charleston, WV.
Identifiers - Location: Kentucky; Tennessee; Virginia; West Virginia