ERIC Number: ED461180
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001
Reference Count: N/A
Transforming Low-Performing Schools and Districts into High-Performing Learning Communities: A Research Design To Construct Procedural Knowledge for Practitioners.
Southwest Educational Development Lab., Austin, TX.
This document describes the research design that will guide the Southwest Educational Development Laboratory's efforts in constructing procedural knowledge ("know-how" or working knowledge) needed to transform low-performing school districts and schools into high-performing learning communities. Little is known about procedural knowledge in this context. The research design focuses on three questions: (1) To what extent are low-performing districts and schools increasing their capacities to work systemically and thereby transform themselves into high-performing learning communities? (2) What strategies contribute to increasing the capacities of low-performing districts and schools to work systemically and transform themselves into high-performing learning communities? and (3) What knowledge, skills, and tools are needed by technical-assistance providers to transform low-performing districts and schools, and what training is needed to equip them to do this work? A minimum of 40 low-performing sites will be selected for the study. Methods of data collection and analysis, study limitations, and participation incentives are described. Results will be reviewed and summarized in a report submitted to the Office of Educational Research and Improvement, U.S. Department of Education, annually. An appendix contains demographic and contextual information. (Contains 18 references and 1 table.) (RT)
Descriptors: Data Analysis, Data Collection, Educational Improvement, Educational Philosophy, Educational Research, Elementary Secondary Education, Performance Factors, Research Design, Research Methodology, Research Reports
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Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Southwest Educational Development Lab., Austin, TX.