ERIC Number: ED451587
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Apr-26
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Discourses on Student Learning: Interviews with Outstanding Principals of Chicago Public Schools.
Erbe, Brigitte Mach; Holloway, Bernice E.
This paper examines Chicago elementary school principals' views on the obstacles to student learning posed by the socioeconomic and racial/ethnic characteristics of students. The paper includes the principals' policy recommendations for overcoming these obstacles. It focuses on the discrepancies between the ideal and the reality of student failure as experienced in the principals' own schools and discusses the failure of American schools overall to educate disadvantaged students. The report is based on a qualitative study of 13 principals who received an outstanding leadership award in the Chicago public schools. School report-card data from each of the principal's schools were also used to discover the extent of change in student outcomes in each school over the past 3 years. Principals were asked to share their philosophy about educating urban students, particularly minority and low-income students; to discuss why there is an achievement gap between minority students and nonminority students; and to describe programs they have developed to boost the academic achievement of these students. All the principals held that every student can learn, and all were conscious of the many hurdles their students face when trying to learn. However, the principals were willing to search for ways to overcome these hurdles. (Contains 40 references.) (RJM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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