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ERIC Number: ED494135
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Nov
Pages: 282
Abstractor: ERIC
ISBN: ISBN-0-7425-4660-8
Scale Up in Education: Volume 2: Issues in Practice
Schneider, Barbara, Ed.; McDonald, Sarah-Kathryn, Ed.
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
This book explores the challenges of implementing and assessing educational interventions in varied classroom contexts. Included are reflections on the challenges of designing studies for improving the instructional core of schools, guidelines for establishing evidence of interventions' impacts across a wide range of settings, and an assessment of national efforts to bring reform to scale in high-poverty schools. This volume also includes findings and insights from several federally funded research projects charged with bringing conceptual and analytic rigor to studies of successful scale-up. All of the chapters address the challenges of conducting scientific research in schools and provide insights for obtaining the support of teachers and school administrators. The result is a highly readable volume ideally suited for educators interested in the issues that inform intervention research, researchers concerned with designing practical studies that are methodologically sound, and policymakers engaged in evidence-based school reform. Volume 2 contains eight chapters, each with an overview and commentary section covered in two major parts. Part I, Researching Scale-Up, presents an Overview--Scaling Up Promising Educational Interventions: Rigorous Research and a Focus on the Instructional Core (Mark Berends), followed by the first four chapters: (1) Designing Field Trials of Educational Innovations (Stephen W. Raudenbush); (2) National Efforts to Bring Reform to Cale in High-Poverty schools: Outcomes and Implications (Geoffrey D. Borman); (3) Scaling Assessment-Driven Instruction Using the Internet and Handheld Computers (Barbara R. Foorman, Kristi L. Santi, and Larry Berger); (4) Scaling Up Highly Rated Middle Science Curriculum Units for Diverse Student Populations: Features that Affect Collaborative Research and Vice-Versa (Sharon Lynch, Michael Szesze, Curtis Pyke, and Joel Kuipers); and a Commentary: Implementation and Evaluation of Scale-Up (Okhee Lee). Part II, Implementing Scale-Up, presents an Overview--From Early Reading to High School Mathematics: Matching Case Studies of Four Educational Innovations Against Principles for Effective Scale Up (James W. Pellegrino), followed by the final four chapters: (5) Scaling Up High School Reforms: Model Specificity and Local Buy-In (James McPartland, Robert Balfanz, and Nettie Legters); (6) Rethinking Sustainability of Curricular Innovations: Notes from Urban Detroit (Nancy Butler Songer); (7) When the Rubber Meets the Road: Lessons from the In-School Adventures of an Automated Reading Tutor that Listens (Jack Mostow and Joseph Beck); (8) Scaling Up Success for All: The First 16 Years (Robert E. Slavin and Nancy A. Madden); and a Commentary: Challenges, Incentives, and Obligations of Conducting Scale-Up Research (Lisa Hoogstra and Sarah-Kathryn McDonald). [See Scale Up in Education: Volume 1: Ideas in Principle at ED494134.]
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Publication Type: Books; Collected Works - General
Education Level: Elementary Education; Elementary Secondary Education; High Schools; Intermediate Grades; Middle Schools
Audience: Teachers; Researchers; Policymakers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
IES Cited: ED544189