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Systemic Reform: Perspectives on Personalizing Education--September 1994

Personalizing Systemic Reform

Ronald J. Anson

The Studies of Education Reform: The Program

The eight papers contained in this volume are the product of a larger program of studies sponsored by the U. S. Department of Education's Office of Educational Research and Improvement. That program, the Studies of Education Reform Program (SERP), was initiated in 1991. After meeting with policy makers, researchers and practitioners, OERI identified 12 areas of study on reform that it would fund. Work began in October, 1991, and included a series of papers commissioned by each study to provide background for the planned work in each of the areas of study. These eight papers represent some of the many papers developed for those studies.

The 12 SERP projects and the papers chosen from them for inclusion in this volume are:

Curriculum Reform Project - University of Colorado,
"Coordinating Top-Down and Bottom-Up Strategies for Educational Reform" by Michael G. Fullan, University of Toronto.

Assessment of Student Performance Project - Pelavin Associates, Inc.,
"Change Has Changed: Implications for Implementation of Assessments from the Organizational Change Literature" by Suzanne M. Stiegelbauer, University of Toronto.

Uses of Time Project - Policy Studies Associates,
"Time for Teachers in School Restructuring" by Joseph Cambone, Wheelock College.

School Based Management Project - Consortium for Policy Research in Education - The Finance Center,
"New Boundaries for School-Based Management: The High Involvement Model" by Priscilla Wohlstetter, Roxane Smyer and Susan Albers Mohrman, University of Southern California.

Systemic Reform Project - Consortium for Policy Research in Education-The Policy Center,
"Teachers' Professional Development in a Climate of Educational Reform" by Judith Warren Little, University of California, Berkeley.

Technology Project - SRI International,
"Realizing the Promise of Technology: The Need for Systemic Reform" by Jane L. David, Bay Area Research Group.

Parent and Community Involvement in Education Project - RMC Research Corporation,
"Bringing Schools and Communities Together in Preparation for the 21st Century: Implications of the Current Educational Reform Movement for Family and Community Involvement Policies" by Patrick M. Shields, SRI International.

Student Diversity Project - National Center for Research on Cultural Diversity and Second Languages,
"Research Knowledge and Policy Issues in Cultural Diversity and Education" by Roland G. Tharp, University of California at Santa Cruz.

Four additional projects were funded, and papers from those projects, as well as other papers from the studies above, will be included in later volumes published by OERI. Those four projects are:

School-to-Work Transition Project - Academy for Educational Development

Students at Risk Project - American Institutes for Research

Professionalism of Education Project - The NETWORK, Inc.

Early Childhood Education Project - National Association of State Boards of Education.

The purpose of the 12 projects is to ensure that a knowledge base, sufficient to support sustained implementation of successful reforms, is developed. The projects are expected to produce cumulative findings that can be the basis for local efforts at generating and sustaining reform.
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