ERIC Number: EJ745597
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-May
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Having It All
Ferrero, David J.
Educational Leadership, v63 n8 p8-14 May 2006
A commitment to either traditional or innovative education practice virtually defines the professional identities of most educators, writes Ferrero. Traditional practices emphasize basic skills, ability grouping, subject-matter disciplines, academic mastery, standardized testing, and a canonical curriculum; innovative practices focus on higher-order thinking, heterogeneous grouping, interdisciplinary integration, cultivation of individual talents, authentic assessment, and an inclusive curriculum. Yet the two high schools profiled in this article--one middle-class, suburban, and mostly white; the other economically challenged, urban, and racially diverse--have moved beyond these ideological divisions and adopted a model that combines innovation and traditionalism. Student achievement scores demonstrate the model's success.
Descriptors: High Schools, Educational Innovation, Educational Principles, Academic Achievement, Teaching Methods, Charter Schools, Secondary School Curriculum, Urban Schools, Suburban Schools, Traditional Schools
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: ACT Assessment