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Organizing and Staffing the School


by Robert H. Anderson — 1973

Although there has been a lot more smoke than fire and much more rhetoric than action, the last two decades have been enlivened nevertheless by the search for more appropriate and effective ways of organizing and staffing elementary schools. Previously, virtually the only organizational arrangement was the graded classroom serving one age group of children presumed to be at roughly the same stage of academic development and taught by one teacher in a self-contained classroom. Occasionally, other teachers worked with separate classes of children—especially in physical education, art, music, and library. School architecture honored and entrenched this arrangement by providing rows of box-like classrooms each effectively separated from the others. In addition to the classroom teachers and any specialist teachers, other adult personnel in the school usually included a principal, school secretary, part-time nurse, custodian(s), and perhaps cafeteria workers.


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This article originally appeared as NSSE Yearbook Vol 72, No. 2.


Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 74 Number 6, 1973, p. 221-242
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 19485, Date Accessed: 10/22/2017 10:30:12 PM

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