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ERIC Number: EJ1076586
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Sep
Pages: 36
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-2373-8170
School Science Capacity: A Study of Four Urban Catholic Grade Schools
Smetana, Lara K.; Coleman, Elizabeth R.
Journal of Catholic Education, v19 n1 Article 6 Sep 2015
Working from the view of schools as a system, and of school improvement as an ongoing journey (Hallinger & Heck, 2011; Jackson, 2000), this study investigated the perspectives of teacher leaders and principals from four metropolitan Catholic grade schools engaged in efforts to improve their school science programs. Built upon existing conceptualizations of school capacity, a model of school science capacity is presented and used as a framework for the development of four case studies. Findings gleaned from collecting and analyzing reports of teacher leaders' and principals' interpretations of their school systems illustrate how elements of the school science capacity framework interacted to support and at times constrain, the schools' science improvement efforts. Implications for Catholic school educators, administrators, and researchers who seek to make science a priority, and build school science capacity, are discussed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: National Science Foundation (NSF)
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: 1119349; 1119359