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ERIC Number: ED550636
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 238
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-1-2678-6238-9
The Early College High School: A Study of the Diffusion of an Existing Middle College Model to a New Context
Ransford, Mark
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, Indiana University
This study is a case study of the diffusion of a successful middle college program to an early college high school in a densely populated county in the upper Midwest. The data from interviews with 17 respondents who had been designers or implementers of either the first or the diffused model defined the essential elements of success of the first program. The researcher ensured that the identified essential elements were consistent with the core elements found in the professional and promotional literature. Then the researcher documented how they were imbedded into the new model and by whom. The study also found how Rogers' theory of the diffusion of innovation informed the process as it had been implemented through nine decisions. The results found that the 17 essential elements identified by the respondents of the interviews were consistent with the key elements of success defined in the literature; and that the key elements were diffused and reinvented into the new context. They did so following the steps found in Rogers' theory. The researcher found that the new model measured consistent to the original model with a high degree of fidelity and that the developing and maintaining of relationships was important to this diffusion from an original charter school to a much more complicated public school consortium. [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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