ERIC Number: ED456506
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-Jun
Bowman Elementary: A Case Study of the Quest Network.
As part of its Regional Educational Laboratory contract to develop a framework for continuous school improvement in its four-state region, AEL, Inc., staff designed the Quest project. Formative evaluation had revealed the high level of satisfaction participants had with Quest and the great extent to which the project met its goals at each event. A case-study method was used for summative evaluation of the Quest project. This case study examines the impact Quest made at Bowman Elementary, a K-5 public school. The school has an enrollment of about 530 students, 73 percent of whom are African American. Sixty-three percent qualify for free or reduced lunch. Interviews, a focus group, and means on the Innovation Configuration Checklist revealed that Bowman Elementary had been highly involved in Quest, from attending network events regularly, to implementing continuous improvement strategies learned during project gatherings, to providing technical assistance to other network schools. Among the conclusions drawn was the observation that the school appears to have possessed several advantages prior to involvement in Quest that helped to support and sustain the school's participation. On the individual level, participants reported that they engaged in more reflection about education, change, and their own contributions to the school than they had prior to involvement. Appendixes include the Quest brochure and framework for continuous improvement, Quest team member individual-interview protocol, faculty group-interview protocol, student focus-group protocol, and questionnaires. (Contains 40 references and 6 tables.) (DFR)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Case Studies, Educational Change, Educational Improvement, Elementary Education, Public Schools, Teacher Morale, Writing (Composition)
AEL, Inc., P.O. Box 1348, Charleston, WV 25325-1348. Tel: 304-347-0400; Tel: 800-624-9120 (Toll Free); Fax: 304-347-0487; e-mail: email@example.com; Web site: http://www.ael.org.
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.