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ERIC Number: EJ981954
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Mar
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 28
ISSN: ISSN-0094-0771
From "Muddle School" to Middle School: Building Capacity to Collaborate for Higher-Performing Middle Schools
Wilcox, Kristen C.; Angelis, Janet I.
Middle School Journal (J3), v43 n4 p40-48 Mar 2012
The authors report findings from a study regarding the ways in which educators in middle level schools with high student achievement implement practices that build their capacity to collaborate. Teacher and administrator interviews and documentary evidence from ten higher-performing schools that are "beating the odds" and six demographically similar, but average-performing, schools were compared to determine which practices differed in these schools. Findings suggest that consistently higher academic performance is related to a culture that supports a shared vision of high achievement; a climate of respect and trust that supports enacting the school and district vision; structures and expectations that reinforce collaboratively supported instruction and a coherent program; and support that encourages teacher initiative-taking and leadership. (Contains 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Junior High Schools; Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New York