ERIC Number: ED483834
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Sep
Notes from the Ground: Teachers, Principals, and Students' Perspectives on the Chicago High School Redesign Initiative, Year Two. A Report of the Chicago High School Redesign Initiative Research Project
Sporte, Susan E.; Kahne, Joseph; Correa, Macarena
Consortium on Chicago School Research
In spring 2003, the Consortium on Chicago School Research, in partnership with Mills College, undertook a short-term, interview-based study of five small schools created under the guidance of the Chicago High School Redesign Imitative (CHSRI) in Chicago Public Schools (CPS). This research resulted in a descriptive data brief, "Chicago High School Redesign Initiative: A Snapshot of the First Year of Implementation," released in August 2003. In spring 2004, the same researchers followed up that earlier data brief by interviewing students, teachers, and principals at 11 small schools--five schools from the spring 2003 study and six schools that were opened in fall 2003, which included two contract schools. These interview data allowed the researchers to provide a snapshot of the schools' implementation experiences, to explore whether the issues that the second wave of schools faced were the same as those confronted a year earlier by their sister schools, to learn about new issues faced by the first wave of schools, and to highlight emerging questions. As the researchers did in 2003, they categorized the interview data that they collected in the second year of CHSRI into important themes. These emerging themes and findings are intended to stimulate discussion among stakeholders and focus attention on critical areas for action. In addition, this study was designed to be a springboard for a systematic, three-year qualitative study that begins in the fall of 2004. This report summarizes the composite experience of participants in 11 CHSRI-supported small high schools. These experiences provide a powerful description of what is happening in the schools as seen through the eyes of the most directly involved. Careful attention to their reports can make planning for future new small high schools more relevant and productive. Appended are: (1) Theory of Action; and (2) Additional Demographic and Test-Score Data.
Descriptors: High Schools, Small Schools, Student Attitudes, Administrator Attitudes, Teacher Attitudes, Educational Change, Educational Environment, Urban Schools, Institutional Characteristics
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Chicago Community Trust, IL.
Authoring Institution: Consortium on Chicago School Research, IL.