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Title:A study of selected policy issues pertaining to cooperative team agreements in Illinois high schools
Author(s):Hickman, Martin L.
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Thurston, Paul W.
Department / Program:Education
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Education, Sociology of
Education, Administration
Abstract:In 1987, principals of Illinois High School Association member schools voted to approve a proposal that allowed class A public schools to form cooperative teams for interscholastic competition. The first year of the program approximately 100 schools formed cooperative teams. Currently, over 200 schools have formed cooperative teams.
The purpose of this study was to determine whether the policy had met its goals and whether there had been unintended consequences as a result of the policy's implementation. Furthermore, each year since the policy went into effect additional proposals have been submitted seeking to modify or expand the policy to other IHSA member schools. This study was also undertaken to determine the potential implications for revising the policy and/or expanding the policy to private or class AA public schools. Sixty schools that had formed cooperative teams were randomly selected to receive surveys. All 60 of the schools responded to the questionnaire. Two of the schools were selected as case study sites.
The study found that, for the most part, the policy had been successful in meeting its goals. One of the primary goals was to increase participation opportunities for students in small public schools, and schools that had formed cooperative teams felt the policy was successful in that regard. The study results showed mixed results when the goal of providing additional opportunities for girls was examined. As far as extending the policy to other IHSA schools is concerned, the study revealed that schools were generally opposed to the concept. Several unintended consequences of the policy are presented and discussed in the study. Finally, recommendations for policy modification were made as a result of the findings.
Issue Date:1994
Rights Information:Copyright 1994 Hickman, Martin L.
Date Available in IDEALS:2011-05-07
Identifier in Online Catalog:AAI9503213
OCLC Identifier:(UMI)AAI9503213

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