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Institutional Constraints on Implementing School Reform [microform] : Lessons from Chicago / Gail L. Sunderman and Gloria Nardini
Bib ID 5629334
Format BookBook, MicroformMicroform, OnlineOnline
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Sunderman, Gail L
 
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Description [Washington D.C.] : Distributed by ERIC Clearinghouse, 1999 
35 p. 
Summary

The role of external partners in school reform in Chicago (Illinois) was studied. The first section of this paper outlines the analytical perspective that guides the study, expressing the view that unless the institutional structure of the system as a whole and teacher autonomy are figured into the design of the program, institutionalizing long-term change is unlikely. The second section presents a brief summary of school reform in Chicago under the 1995 Chicago School Reform Amendatory Act. This section also describes the specific intervention program provided by one partner followed in the study, the LEARN program. LEARN (pseudonym) focused on teachers' instructional practices through a professional development program. The third section describes the research design and data collection strategies, and the fourth section contains findings. "The LEARN program was evaluated through 70 interviews with teachers, administrators, and program staff and 30 classroom observations." Study of the LEARN program provided many insights into institutionalizing school reform, but one of the most important findings is the importance of considering the broader institutional environment of school systems. (Contains 3 tables and 16 references.) (SLD)

Notes

Sponsoring Agency: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.

Contract Number: RJ96006301.

ERIC Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Montreal, Quebec, Canada, April 19-23, 1999).

May also be available online. Address as at 14/8/18: https://eric.ed.gov/

Reproduction Microfiche. [Washington D.C.]: ERIC Clearinghouse microfiches : positive. 
Subjects Educational Change.  |  Elementary Secondary Education.  |  Institutional Characteristics.  |  Partnerships in Education.  |  Professional Development.  |  Program Implementation.  |  Urban Schools.  |  Chicago Public Schools IL  |  Constraints Reform Efforts
Form/genre Reports, Evaluative.  |  Speeches/Meeting Papers.
Other authors/contributors Nardini, Gloria, author  |  Johns Hopkins Univ., Baltimore, MD. Center for Social Organization of Schools
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