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ERIC Number: ED505377
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Sep
Pages: 385
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 215
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: N/A
The Feasibility of High-end Learning in a Diverse Middle School
Brighton, Catherine M.; Hertberg, Holly L.; Moon, Tonya R.; Tomlinson, Carol A.; Callahan, Carolyn M.
National Research Center on the Gifted and Talented
This study was an investigation of staff development programs designed to provide teachers with strategies through which all learners, including gifted, minority, and limited-English proficient students, can be appropriately served in a middle school environment sensitive to diverse learner academic needs. Participants in the study were assigned to either one of two experimental groups (Differentiated Instruction or Differentiated Authentic Assessment) or to a comparison group. Using a concurrent mixed method design, data were collected and analyzed relating to (a) the effects on teachers and students of a staff development program focusing on differentiated instruction, and (b) the effect on teachers and students of a staff development program focusing on differentiated authentic assessment strategies. Results suggest that differentiation of instruction and assessment are complex endeavors requiring extended time and concentrated effort to master. Add to these complexity current realities of school such as large class sizes, limited resource materials, lack of planning time, lack of structures in place to allow collaboration with colleagues, and ever-increasing numbers of teacher responsibilities, and the tasks become even more daunting. (Contains 77 tables and 4 figures.)
National Research Center on the Gifted and Talented. University of Connecticut, 2131 Hillside Road, Unit 3007, Storrs, CT 06269-4676. Tel: 860-486-4676; Fax: 860-486-2900; Web site: http://www.gifted.uconn.edu/nrcgt.html
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Adult Education; Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Research Center on the Gifted and Talented