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ERIC Number: ED476306
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Jul
Pages: 64
Abstractor: N/A
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Review of Selected High School Reform Strategies.
Husbands, Jennifer; Beese, Stacy
This paper reviews five prominent approaches to U.S. high school reform: small schools, applied learning, professional development/curriculum and instruction, youth development, and comprehensive/whole school reform. For each strategy, it offers: a description and "theory of action" of the reform approach; some examples of the reform in practice; and a brief review of recent research. The literature review suggests that there is a diverse range of reform strategies being implemented in the nation's high schools, many of them meeting with some success. There reforms overlap in important ways. The review confirms that there is no "silver bullet," and that to bring about meaningful change, many interrelated aspects of schooling must be addressed. Research corroborates the finding that the policy environment, the local district in particular, figures significantly into any attempt at school change. Structural features common to U.S. high schools appear to present particular impediments to change attempts. The paper includes an annotated bibliography and a separate appendix for each section. The appendices list key organizations and individuals associated with each reform strategy and some of the references that were particularly useful in the literature review. A table provides an overview of the reform strategies described. The table focuses on the theory of action, intended outcomes, and evidence for each approach. (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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