ERIC Number: EJ1162354
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Dec
Abstractor: As Provided
Accommodating Change: Relating Fidelity of Implementation to Program Fit in Educational Reforms
Anderson, Eleanor R.
American Educational Research Journal, v54 n6 p1288-1315 Dec 2017
Asking practitioners to make larger changes to their practice is often thought to lead to lower fidelity of implementation. However, salient differences between ambitious new reforms and teachers' existing practices may also facilitate processes of conceptual change and correspondingly increase fidelity of implementation. I use survey data on the implementation of two Comprehensive School Reform programs to investigate this puzzle, presenting a series of descriptive multivariate regressions that--contrary to conventional wisdom--predominantly support a positive association between larger changes and higher fidelity. I also address alternative explanations for this finding and discuss the conceptual and empirical strengths and weaknesses, implications for future research, and potential utility for practice of each interpretation.
Descriptors: Educational Change, Fidelity, Program Implementation, Organizational Change, Educational Practices, Multiple Regression Analysis, Teacher Surveys, Prediction
SAGE Publications. 2455 Teller Road, Thousand Oaks, CA 91320. Tel: 800-818-7243; Tel: 805-499-9774; Fax: 800-583-2665; e-mail: email@example.com; Web site: http://sagepub.com
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Institute of Education Sciences (ED)
Authoring Institution: N/A
IES Funded: Yes
Grant or Contract Numbers: R305B080027