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ERIC Number: EJ931532
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Aug
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 46
ISSN: ISSN-1389-2843
Overlooking the Descent: Operational Definition, Identification, and Description of School Decline
Hochbein, Craig
Journal of Educational Change, v12 n3 p281-300 Aug 2011
Educators, researchers, politicians, and the media have committed considerable time, attention, and effort to chronically low-performing schools. Although many have chided the schools for their unacceptable performance or designed strategies to improve them, few have sought to understand how these schools became chronically low-performing in the first place. Better knowledge of how schools decline into chronic low-performance will allow interested stakeholders to potentially prevent and turnaround chronically low-performing schools. However, before understanding the factors and processes associated with or contributing to school decline, researchers must first properly define and identify the process. This paper offers four operational definitions of school decline, applies those definitions to a population of schools, and evaluates the utility of each definition.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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