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ERIC Number: EJ782088
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 42
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 61
ISSN: ISSN-0002-8312
Opening Up the Black Box: Literacy Instruction in Schools Participating in Three Comprehensive School Reform Programs
Correnti, Richard; Rowan, Brian
American Educational Research Journal, v44 n2 p298-339 2007
This study examines patterns of literacy instruction in schools adopting three of America's most widely disseminated comprehensive school reform (CSR) programs (the Accelerated Schools Project, America's Choice, and Success for All). Contrary to the view that educational innovations seldom affect teaching practices, the study found large differences in literacy instruction between teachers in America's Choice schools and comparison schools and between teachers in Success for All schools and comparison schools. In contrast, no differences in literacy teaching practices were found between teachers in Accelerated Schools Project schools and comparison schools. On the basis of these findings and our knowledge of the implementation support strategies pursued by the CSR programs under study, we conclude that well-defined and well-specified instructional improvement programs that are strongly supported by on-site facilitators and local leaders who demand fidelity to program designs can produce large changes in teachers' instructional practices. (Contains 6 figures, 7 tables and 8 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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