ERIC Number: ED419067
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Reference Count: N/A
Revitalizing Inner Cities: Focusing on Children's Learning. Publication Series No. 7.
Wang, Margaret C.; Haertel, Geneva D.; Walberg, Herbert J.
This paper provides an overview of the research base on the influence of schools, families, and communities on the learning and educational resilience of children in at-risk circumstances, as well as illustrations of current policies and programmatic approaches that place health development and educational success as integral components of community revitalization. Implications for policy and practice are also discussed. Several policy and practical implications can be drawn from current attempts to institute broad-based efforts to improve the development and learning success of inner-city children and youth. First, program implementation must be a shared responsibility of all stakeholder groups at the grassroots level. Schools, however, must be the primary focus in attempting to improve urban education. Second, innovative programs evolve in stages of development, growth, and change. Programs that are useful in one city may be helpful in initiating similar programs elsewhere. Finally, it is noted that few educational reforms have generated the same level of support as the comprehensive approach to coordinated educational and related services for children as a focus for achieving significant improvements in student learning. More information is needed about program features, implementation, and evidence of effects. Educational reform and the reform of services delivery have been on somewhat separate tracks, but to ensure the long-lasting impact of collaborative programs, schools and other collaborating agencies must be committed to using powerful instructional techniques as an essential and active component. (Contains 4 tables, 1 figure, and 56 references.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Disadvantaged Youth, Educational Change, Educational Policy, Educational Research, Elementary Secondary Education, High Risk Students, Inner City, Learning, Program Implementation, Teaching Methods, Urban Renewal, Urban Schools
Electronic version: http://www.temple.edu/LSS
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Mid-Atlantic Lab. for Student Success, Philadelphia, PA.; National Research Center on Education in the Inner Cities, Philadelphia, PA.