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ERIC Number: ED527965
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 224
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-1245-7887-3
Differentiated Instruction: Exploring Implementation at the Middle Level
Smith, James C.
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs
This qualitative research study, utilizes a multiple case study to address the gap in the literature related to the examination of the implementation of differentiated instruction in public middle schools. Employing elements of both the Situated Learning Theory and Sensemaking Theory, this study explores the implementation of differentiated instruction from the perspective of teacher learning within the context of three high performing middle schools, in three school districts, in the state of Colorado. This multiple case study calls upon the experiences of four identified expert differentiating teachers in pursuit of understanding the influences within each school, on teacher learning and ultimately the implementation of differentiated instruction. Employing the mediating constructs of the teacher as individual, communities of practice and the influences of leadership, data was collected and analyzed over a nine month period. The findings capture the multidimensional reality of the classroom teacher and the many influences on teacher learning and the implementation of a complex instructional strategy. Recommendations include improving hiring practices for teachers and administrators, developing differentiated learning opportunities for all educators and creating the organizational capacity for both formal and informal communities of practice to evolve, spend time collaborating, share practices, provide feedback and learn. [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: Middle Schools
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Colorado