ERIC Number: EJ909779
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jan
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 27
The Importance of Civic Responsibility in Higher Performing Middle Schools: An Empirical Study
Wilcox, Kristen C.
Education and Urban Society, v43 n1 p26-41 Jan 2011
In this case study, a district-wide focus on the development of civic responsibility is seen as an important component in the success of higher performing middle schools. Salient features of best practice were gathered from teacher and administrator interviews and documentary evidence in 10 higher performing, yet "beating the odds" schools, and six average performing schools. Findings suggest that consistently higher academic performance is related to ways schools foster partnerships with populations in the community; actively promote trusting and respectful relationships among students, teachers, administrators, and community members; and frame and use diversity and adversity as strengths.
Descriptors: Middle Schools, Citizenship Responsibility, High Achievement, Case Studies, Best Practices, Effective Schools Research, Educational Improvement, Administrator Attitudes, Performance Factors, Interviews, Content Analysis, Position Papers, Partnerships in Education, Organizational Culture, Teacher Attitudes
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Middle Schools
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