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ERIC Number: ED512882
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 201
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-1092-4884-5
Preserving Child Centered Education in the Era of NCLB: A Case Study of One School's Efforts
Lembo, Leah T.
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Delaware
As educators strive to meet the demands of federal and state mandates intended to "close the achievement gap" schools often adopt multiple programs to help improve student achievement. Many studies have examined the impact of single programs but few have attempted to understand the interactions of multiple reforms. This case study looks at one school setting that employs both the Coalition of Essential Schools reform model and No Child Left Behind's Reading First. The two programs competing goals and structures were examined to learn more about how their implementation shapes instructional practices. It uncovered ways in which the programs' goals and implementation overlapped, supported or hindered each other. The study found that this combination of reform initiatives lead to curricular incoherence that sometimes compromised the classroom teacher's ability to make sound instructional decisions. External monitoring, pressure to raise test scores, and conflicting program demands also created tensions that ultimately impede the quality of student learning. The findings may be significant to Coalition and non-Coalition schools implementing more than one approach to school change in the No Child Left Behind era. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001