Research on Exemplary Schools - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780120685905, 9781483216294

Research on Exemplary Schools

1st Edition

Editors: Gilbert R. Austin Herbert Garber
eBook ISBN: 9781483216294
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 7th October 1985
Page Count: 246
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Description

Research on Exemplary Schools covers significant research works on effective school learning, with particular emphasis on identifying and analyzing a student's abilities and characteristics on the assumption that student learning was primarily determined by differences in individual potential and needs. The information provided is derived from the assumption that the characteristics of the school learning environment may explain the extent to which students master the outcomes desired from the school teaching-learning experience.

This text is organized into three parts encompassing 10 chapters. Part I reviews the history of the exemplary schools research movements and the research findings, as well as policy implications concerning the relationships between private and public schools education, both Catholic and nonsectarian. Part II describes the methods for identifying exemplary schools, school climate, and the roles of the teacher and the school principal. Part III describes the policy issues emerging from effective schools research. This part also provide some critical thoughts on the movement from the perspective of an educational psychologist whose specialties are educational measurement and instructional design.

This book will prove useful to researchers and practitioners who wish to improve the outcomes of all students in their schools.

Table of Contents


Contributors

Foreword

Preface

Part I. Scope and Content

1. Research on Exemplary Schools: An Historical Perspective

Introduction

Frame of Reference

American Education in Perspective

Schools, Research, and Individual Differences

The Tension between Selection and Equality

Schools Do Not Make a Difference

Changing Theoretical Perspectives on the Schools

Challenging the "No-School-Effects" Conclusion

Trends in the Research

Exemplary Schools

Current Work

Social Implications

References

2. Public and Private Schools: Are They Really Different?

Introduction

School Management Practices and School Culture

The Data

The Results

Management Practices

School Culture

An Observation on School Size

Summary and Conclusion

References

3. The Problems of Public Schools: The Catholic Connection

Introduction

The Changed Situation of Catholics: Post-1965

The Public School Crisis of the Late 1970s: The Catholic Connections

Catholic Schools: The Exemplary Image

The Policy Dimensions

Conclusions

References

Part II. Research Approaches

4. An Examination of 10 years of Research on Exemplary Schools

Introduction

The Maryland Study

The Importance of Leadership in Creating an Effective School

Exemplary Secondary Schools

Teachers in Exemplary Schools

Conclusion

References

5. Identification of Exemplary Schools on a Large Scale

Introduction

Perspectives

Method

Results

Discussion

Conclusions

References

6. The Investigation of School Climate

Introduction

Defining School Climate

Measuring School Climate

Variables Associated with School Climate

Usefulness of the Climate Construct

Summary and Conclusions

References

7. Effective Classroom Teaching: The Necessary but not Sufficient Condition for Developing Exemplary Schools

Opportunity to Learn

A Delivered Curriculum

Allocated Time

Engaged Time

Success Rate

Academic Learning Time

Related Characteristics of Effective Teachers

Climate Factors

Tests and Grades

Feedback

Summary of Characteristics of Effective Teachers

Conclusion

References

8. The Role of the Principal in School Improvement

Introduction

Methods

Results

Summary and Conclusion

References

Part III. Research Impact on Policy and Practice

9. Educational Policy and School Effectiveness

Effective Schools: A Cultural Perspective

School-Based District Policy

District Policy

State and Federal Policy for Bottom-Up Planning

State Policy: Competitive Funding

Federal Policy: Ends Not Means

Conclusion

References

10. Models, Media, Method: Research on Exemplary or Effective Schools as a Psychological Experience

What the Authors Were Told

What Our Authors Said

What Our Authors Left Unsaid

Facilitating Exemplary Schools Research: An Empirical Model

References

Author Index

Subject Index

Details

No. of pages:
246
Language:
English
Copyright:
© Academic Press 1985
Published:
Imprint:
Academic Press
eBook ISBN:
9781483216294

About the Editor

Gilbert R. Austin

Herbert Garber