ERIC Number: ED479350
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
A Case Study on the Perspectives of an Optional K-5 Year-Round/Multi-Age Program in Virginia.
Morris, Roger N.
Noting that the growing popularity of year-round schools (extended calendar without increasing the number of school days) has coincided with an increase in school accountability, this report provides a descriptive case study on one year-round school located within a large elementary school district in central Virginia. An optional year-round school for grades K through 5 was implemented with multiage grouping during the 2001-2002 school year. This study examined the perspectives of parents, students, teachers, and administrators on the year-round school. Data collection methods included historical document analysis, open-ended interviews with stakeholders, and focus group discussion. Seven parents and three administrators were interviewed, and four teachers participated in a focus group discussion. Findings revealed that participants were positive about the year-round school and suggested changes that included revising intersessions, changing the multiage grouping component, and improving communication between the school and parents. Participants focused on continuity of education as a major reason for participating in the year-round school. The impact of the multiage grouping was identified by administrators and parents as being as important as the year-round calendar. (Contains 44 references.) (KB)
Descriptors: Action Research, Administrator Attitudes, Case Studies, Educational Change, Educational Innovation, Elementary Education, Focus Groups, Interviews, Mixed Age Grouping, Parent Attitudes, Program Descriptions, Qualitative Research, School Schedules, State Programs, Teacher Attitudes, Year Round Schools
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Virginia