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Project on Alternatives in Education Goodlad Tyler NEA 1981 76pgs GOV EDU

Project on Alternatives in Education Goodlad Tyler NEA 1981 76pgs GOV EDU

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THE PROJL0T ON ALT R:N iTIVES IN SDUC;ATION
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education--inthe tradition of the famous Eight-Year StudyThe Project on Alternatives in Education
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seeks secondary educationreform-- through detailed research that will disclose what programs workfor which students,
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in relation to which educational values. Buildingcarefully upon whathas beenlearned from both the successes and thefailures of earlier innovations efforts, the PAS strategy is to examinepromising programs already in operation. And the research plan is
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ultiple research perspectives
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The Project seeks to answer the central question "
:dhich alternatives well
serve which youngsters, in relation to which educational values?"
It hy-
pothesizes
that the
diversity of caoices available to students, parents,and educational staff
is associated
with the effectiveness of educationalexperience and
with
client satisfaction
.
The P E Research Plan
To employ a variety of quantitative and qualitative research techni-ques bearing upon the central question of the inquiry, ""
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:hich alterna-tives well serve which youngsters, in relation towhicheducationalvalues?"
To complete intensive studies of classroom teaching, learning, and cur-riculum, by methods of observation and interviewi g, and to
. carry out
comparative studies of post-secondary school education, careers, andactivities of alternative and conventional school graduates
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To carry out a comprehensive survey ofa
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° To analyze the governance, organization, finance, end cost efficiencyof alternative schools as compared withconventionalpublic secondaryschools
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To complete comprehensive survey of the estimated 7000 alternativeschools and programs at the secondary level
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and more intensivestudies of 11,000 youngsters
in
approximately 100 schools
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PRELIMINARY RESEARCH DESIGNPROJECT ON ALTERNATIVES INSteering Committee`Ronald S. BrandtJohn BremerDavid DarlandVMario D. Fantini4John GoodladWilliam HiltonDavid ImigLynne MillerExecutive CommitteeDavid DarlandLynne MillerMary Anne RaywidVernon H
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Project DirectorMary Anne RaywidMary AnneVernon H
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Research DirectorHerbert J
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WalbergContributors to Draft of Research DesignBarry AndersonVito PerroneDavid L. ClarkMary Anne RaywidJohn HerzogVernon H. SmithHerbert J. WalbergEditors ofResearchDesignHerbert J. Walberg and Mary Anne RaywidThe editors express gratitude to the many organizations and people contrib-uting in various ways to this document. Special acknowledgment goes to theNational
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Education,the National Foundation for the Improve-ment of' Education, the JohnsonFoundation,the JohnDeweyFoundation,
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• To produce a series of research and policy publications that explicitlylay out the methodology, results, and practical implications of the re-search
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The PAE Involvement Plan
To involve alternative school staff and students in all major phases ofthe research effort
.
To involve, over a four-year period, a coordinated team of approximatelytwenty investigators, as well as drawing on the research efforts of otherinvestigators at institutions and agencies across the country
.
To involve participants in all the programs studied-- teachers, students,administrators, parents
--
in a national network that will exchange infor-mation and materials, insights, visits, and requested services throughoutthe life of the Project
.
To involve a wide range of professional organizations in education in par-ticipatory sponsorship of the venture
.
To involve a number of government, community, business, professional andother leaders in planning for the Project
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The PAE ReformPlan
To ascertain far more clearly than we now know, what works for differentkinds of learners
--
and what kind of schooling well serves which educa-tional values
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To work with and assist participant schools in the examination and refine-ment of their own programs
.
To legitimize effective practice on the basis of firm knowledge
.
To produce audience-specific materials about programs
--
as well as aboutresearch findings -- so that teachers will find classroom implementationdetail; boards and legislatures will find policy-related concerns and in-formation; parents will find general information; and administratorswill find organizational data and suggestions
.

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