ERIC Number: ED461929
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-Feb-19
Confronting Middle Schools' Most Contentious Issues: Lessons in School Leadership.
Williamson, Ronald D.; Johnston, J. Howard
A study examined the dynamics present in middle-level schools to identify the issues of concern to parents, teachers, and the greater school community. It also attempted to identify those strategies used successfully by school leaders in response to those concerns. Four middle schools in different areas of the United States participated. The modified case-study approach included 1,900 surveys, 400 individual and small-group interviews, and 325 exit interviews with parents who were transferring their children from the public middle school to a private alternative for nonreligious reasons. Sources of information were charted and coded to identify topics, to organize topics into patterns, and to develop conclusions based on the patterns. Strategies used by principals to successfully work with parents and the community were identified. The results, while different in each community, reflected several themes. The importance of collaborative work, the centrality of student success and achievement in schooling, and the need for regular and ongoing review of school programs were essential to school leadership trying to determine how to strengthen middle-school programs. A commitment to involving parents and other community groups proved central to the success of these reviews. (Contains 41 references.) (RKJ)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Eastern Educational Research Association (23rd, Clearwater Beach, FL, February 16-19, 2000).