ERIC Number: ED456507
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-Jul
Bending Knee 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 Bending Knee Elementary, a pre-K-6 public school located in a small, impoverished town in a rural coal-mining West Virginia county. The school has an enrollment of about 220 students, all of whom are white. Approximately 70 percent qualify for free or reduced-priced lunch. A variety of data-collection methods and instruments were used in this case study. Systematic participant observation was conducted at nearly every Quest event, as well as semistructured interviews and the solicitation of formative feedback from project participants. Among the conclusions drawn was the observation that Bending Knee Elementary appears to have a history of undertaking improvement efforts. These experiences, along with a respected school administrator and a tight-knit school community, may have contributed to the success of Quest at the school. Appendixes include the Quest brochure and framework of continuous improvement, protocols for Quest team member individual interview, and faculty focus-group interviews. (Contains 46 references and 10 tables.) (DFR)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, 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: firstname.lastname@example.org; 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.