عنوان مقاله [English]
نویسنده [English]چکیده [English]
The purpose of this study was to evaluate the new plan of cluster schools in Iran. This plan is implemented in 8014 cluster schools in rural areas that include 72093 schools. To explore reactions and attitudes of stakeholders to cluster schools plan, 116 school managers, 246 assistants, 1138 teachers, 1230 parents, and 1847 students answered to questionnaires. Moreover, in selected provinces, 40 educational experts, 120 school managers and 90 teachers were interviewed. Data was analyzed by using statistics. The findings of present evaluation indicate that various components of the plan seem appropriate. Capacities of cluster schools for improving the quality of education are undeniable, but there are concerns about the appropriate implementation this plan under the present conditions. Although most group’s responses to questionnaires reflects their positive attitude, It should be noted that part of this attitude is probably due to "fear of evaluation" and the desire to give sociable responses. On the other hand, these positive views have been depended on abstraction of the plan from actual condition of implementation. Adopting appropriate strategies to ensure improving motivation and commitment of executors are essential at all levels of educational system and prevents depending survival plan on present minister. Implications of these results are discussed and suggestions are proposed to consider obstacles and restraining in implementation new program of cluster schools.