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ERIC Number: ED524633
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 147
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISBN: ISBN-978-1-1244-2912-0
Impact of High-School Reform Initiatives Using the Pygmalion Effect
Buryanek, Kimberly K.
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, Iowa State University
In 2006, a 9th-period program and an A, B, C, Incomplete grading policy were implemented as high school reform initiatives in a rural high school in the Midwest. The purpose of this qualitative research study was to determine how teachers interpreted the effect of the A, B, C, Incomplete grading policy and the 9th period reform initiatives at the school where the reform initiatives were implemented. Understanding the effects of the reform initiatives from the teachers' perspectives should help others develop and implement similar reform initiatives. This study was guided by high school reform research and Pygmalion effect motivation theory. The process that was used within the school to implement the reform initiatives was participatory action research. Data were collected through interviews of teachers who were employed at the high school before and during the implementation of the reform initiatives. Other data collected included observations and document review. Based on the interviews with the teachers, observations, and document review, it was determined that the A, B, C, Incomplete grading policy and 9th period reform initiatives did have an impact on student achievement and engagement. The five themes that evolved through a coding process were that the reform initiatives had an impact on student success, teacher expectations, and they changed teaching, student behavior, and improved relationships. [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: High Schools; Secondary Education
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Language: English
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