ERIC Number: ED413765
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
From At-Risk to Excellence: Principles for Practice. ERIC Digest.
ERIC Clearinghouse on Languages and Linguistics, Washington, DC.
Innovative programs of school reform and research for diverse student populations have tended to focus on specific cultural, linguistic, or ethnic populations and on specific local communities. Findings from this body of research over the years have resulted in a core of principles for designing and implementing programs for at-risk students. Five generic principles for helping all students achieve excellence in education include: (1) facilitating learning through joint productive activity among teachers and students; (2) developing students' competence in the language and literacy of instruction throughout all instructional activities; (3) contextualizing teaching and curriculum in the experiences and skills of home and community; (4) challenging students toward cognitive complexity; and (5) engaging students through dialogue, especially the instructional conversation. Once these principles have been enacted and tested, it will be possible to see how they work internally, refine their statements, and determine their limitations. The principles are intentionally generic, and there are likely situations and individuals for whom they should be modified. (Contains 9 references.) (MSE)
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Change Strategies, Classroom Communication, Cognitive Development, Cultural Pluralism, Economically Disadvantaged, Educational Strategies, Educationally Disadvantaged, Elementary Secondary Education, Equal Education, Excellence in Education, High Risk Students, Immigrants, Interpersonal Communication, Minority Groups, Refugees, Relevance (Education), Teacher Student Relationship
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Publication Type: ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Languages and Linguistics, Washington, DC.