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ERIC Number: ED514991
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 10
Abstractor: ERIC
Instructional Innovation, School Choice, and Student Achievement
Berends, Mark; Penaloza, Roberto V.; Cannata, Marisa; Goldring, Ellen
Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness
There is limited empirical research about innovation in various types of schools of choice, although viable choice policies tend to assume clear differentiation amongst schools. Innovation can be conceptualized in many ways and takes place at multiple levels of the school organization. Schools can innovate in terms of the roles and responsibility of teachers and principals, governance, school structure, instructional strategies and practices, amongst others. In this paper the authors first explore conceptually, multiple levels and types of innovation and describe the nature and prevalence of various innovations across school types. A review of the literature, both conceptually and empirically suggested salient types of innovation that are closest to teaching and learning, and were measured in the Northwest Evaluation Association surveys of principals and teachers. They examine how schools of choice, autonomy, authority, and other school characteristics are related to innovation. Their measures of innovation include scales for "differing practices from other schools" (2 items, [alpha] = 0.79), "non-traditional curricular practices" (4 items, [alpha] = 0.54), "collaborative and investigative curricular practices" (6 items, [alpha] = 0.64), "added school requirements" (8 items, [alpha] = 0.67), "structuring of teacher communities" (7 items, [alpha] = 0.60), and "extended learning time" (5 items, [alpha] = 0.47). (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness (SREE)