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ERIC Number: ED437423
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Dec
Pages: 75
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Better by Design? A Consumer's Guide to Schoolwide Reform.
Traub, James
This book is a layman's guide to 10 of the best known school designs being implemented in the United States today. It is designed for "consumers" who must evaluate which, if any, of these models they may want to pursue. The designs examined are: (1) Accelerated Schools; (2) America's Choice; (3) the Coalition of Essential Schools; (4) Core Knowledge; (5) Direct Instruction; (6) the Edison Project; (7) Expeditionary Learning Outward Bound; (8) Multiple Intelligences; (9) the School Development Program (Comer); and (10) Success for All. The entry for each of these models contains an essay describing the model, an account of a visit to a school that has implemented the model, and a table providing basic facts about the model, including (for 8 of the 10) information about its effects on student achievement and the costs to implement. Information on effects on achievement, which is used to rate the models, was largely drawn from a study by the American Institutes of Research. These designs were chosen not because they are the best, but because they are in fairly wide use or represent a significant body of thought in the education world. (SLD)
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Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Community; Parents
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Thomas B. Fordham Foundation, Washington, DC.