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ERIC Number: ED555449
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 236
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-1-3034-5891-0
The Principal Perspective: A Case Study on the Perceptions of Middle School Principals toward Ability Grouping and Tracking
Arrington, Brenda Watts
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, University of Virginia
The "Principal Perspective: A Case Study on the Perspectives of Middle School Principals" toward Ability Grouping and Tracking investigated the views and beliefs middle and high school principals hold about curricular tracking and ability grouping, and the impact such organizational structures may have on student learning. Tracking impacts learning in ways that create sustained gaps in academic achievement. Such configurations have far-reaching effects for the futures of specific racial, cultural and socioeconomic groups. Considered to be ubiquitous and pervasive, academic tracking has been used to separate and categorize learners based on criteria that are often subjective, inconsistent and unreliable. "The Principal Perceptions" study revealed several common beliefs that school principals in middle and secondary education share. Retrospective cross-case analyses illustrated the perceptions and theoretical practices these principals demonstrate while interacting with students and teachers based on track placement. According to them, economically advantaged learners are given greater opportunities for engaged learning in classrooms. Common strands were evident despite differences in their individual approaches to tracking. The results disclosed a concern these principals share over the fact that tracking may circumvent learning, separate students racially, culturally and economically, and denigrate student self-esteem while limiting any potential for academic success. [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; Secondary Education; Junior High Schools; High Schools
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Language: English
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