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ERIC Number: EJ764329
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Mar
Pages: 39
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 54
ISSN: ISSN-1034-912X
Inside the Black Box of School Reform: Explaining the How and Why of Change at "Getting Results" Schools
McDougall, Dennis; Saunders, William M.; Goldenberg, Claude
International Journal of Disability, Development and Education, v54 n1 p51-89 Mar 2007
This article reports key findings from a process-focused external evaluation that compared a subset of "Getting Results" project schools and comparison schools in order to understand the dynamics of school-wide reform efforts at these primary schools. Findings shed light on the "black box" of school reform and illuminate the limited empirical basis for understanding the inner workings of most reform efforts. We describe how "Getting Results" Model elements--goals, indicators, assistance, leadership, and settings--worked in concert to improve teaching and learning at project schools. We also describe factors that inhibited and promoted change, as well as implications for how whole-school reform might be accomplished through purposeful manipulation of these essential change elements. (Contains 8 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A