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Kaimal, Girija; Jordan, Will J. – Teachers College Record, 2016
Context: Policymakers have increasingly advocated for incentive-based approaches for improving urban schools. Purpose of the study: Few studies have examined the implementation of incentive based approaches in the urban charter school context. This paper presents research findings from a 4-year longitudinal study of the implementation of a…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, Charter Schools, Incentives, Teacher Competencies
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Jordan, Will J. – Review of Research in Education, 2010
Defining equity within the context of a diverse, multiracial, multiethnic, multilingual, and multicultural society, and one where social class strongly influences one's life chances is problematic. This chapter reexamines equity in an attempt to advance the discourse beyond the debate about strategies to close the achievement gap between White…
Descriptors: Social Class, Equal Education, Federal Legislation, Academic Achievement
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Jordan, Will J.; Cavalluzzo, Linda; Corallo, Christopher – Community College Journal of Research & Practice, 2006
The research reported in this paper examined a set of innovative high school programs on community college campuses. Specifically, a full-time dual enrollment program and 4 middle college high schools were studied. The authors used in-depth interviews and observational data to investigate the structure, processes, and perceptions of effectiveness…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Educational Change, Case Studies, High Schools
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Jordan, Will J.; Cooper, Robert – Urban Education, 2003
Many black male adolescent high school students are at risk of academic failure due to complex institutional and socioeconomic factors they face within their schools and communities. Examines these challenges, highlighting such issues as socioeconomic status, social barriers, and the limited numbers of African American teachers available. Notes…
Descriptors: Black Students, Black Teachers, Culturally Relevant Education, Educational Change
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Cooper, Robert; Jordan, Will J. – Urban Education, 2003
Explores the complex educational and social conditions facing African American males in public schools, highlighting the effectiveness of comprehensive school reform to overcome barriers to these students' learning (e.g, concentrated poverty, drug use, and violence). Discusses the importance of cultural relevance and teacher-student cultural…
Descriptors: Black Students, Black Teachers, Culturally Relevant Education, Educational Change
Jordan, Will J.; Cooper, Robert – 2002
An infusion of federal funding and philanthropic support for high schools has generated an unprecedented number of educational reforms. Still, few initiatives confront the unique conditions facing black males. Despite efforts to reform ineffective schools and foster academic achievement for all students, a lingering gap exists between affluent and…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Black Students, Black Teachers, Educational Change
Jordan, Will J. – 2001
This study examines the effects of early experiences and behaviors on course failure, grade point average, and educational aspirations, analyzing survey data gathered from 20 high schools participating in a whole-school reform initiative aimed at helping troubled high schools. All of the schools served mainly poor and minority students. Students…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Academic Aspiration, Adolescents, Educational Environment
Jordan, Will J.; Cooper, Robert – 2001
This paper explores the complexities of educational and social conditions encountered by black males, examining the possibilities and limits of comprehensive high school reform strategies in overcoming the negative effects of barriers such as concentrated poverty and ineffective public schools for black adolescents. The paper discusses: the…
Descriptors: Adolescents, Black Students, Black Teachers, Cultural Influences
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Plank, Stephen B.; Jordan, Will J. – American Educational Research Journal, 2001
Uses National Educational Longitudinal Study data for approximately 25,000 students to show that information about higher education, guidance, and essential preparatory actions taken by secondary school students influences whether they will attend postsecondary education institutions within 2 years of high school graduation, and the types of…
Descriptors: College Choice, College Preparation, Guidance, Higher Education
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Jordan, Will J. – Journal of Negro Education, 1999
Examined the effects of sports participation on African American high school students' school engagement, academic achievement, and self-evaluation. Data from the National Educational Longitudinal Study of 1998 indicated that sports participation improved African American students' school engagement and academic self-confidence. There was a…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Athletics, Black Students, High School Students
Legters, Nettie E.; Balfanz, Robert; Jordan, Will J.; McPartland, James M. – 2002
This book offers an alternative to current reform efforts, the talent development approach, detailing organizational, curricular, and instructional strategies that provide practitioners with a blueprint for whole school reform. The book presents the story of what happened in urban high schools when this approach was implemented. There are eight…
Descriptors: Educational Change, High Schools, Talent Development, Urban Schools
Jordan, Will J.; Nettles, Saundra Murray – 1999
The purpose of this study is to examine the degree to which various kinds of out-of-school activities in which adolescents are involved influence their school engagement, achievement, and perceptions of their life chances. It was assumed that, since students spend more time on average outside of school than in school, how they use this time is…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Extracurricular Activities, High School Students, High Schools
Jordan, Will J. – 1996
This paper reviews and synthesizes a broad range of research studies and theoretical essays related to the transition to fatherhood. This literature suggests that the transition to fatherhood can best be described as a set of normative developmental events that occur during the life course. In addition, while transformation into the role of father…
Descriptors: Child Rearing, Early Parenthood, Emotional Adjustment, Extended Family
Jordan, Will J.; Plank, Stephen B. – 1998
Many graduates who have the academic ability to continue their schooling beyond high school do not enroll in higher education. This phenomenon has been referred to as "talent loss." The challenges involved in financing higher education partially contribute to talent loss and its pervasiveness among poor students, but they fall short of…
Descriptors: Academic Aspiration, Costs, Educational Attainment, High Achievement
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Jordan, Will J.; And Others – Youth & Society, 1996
Examines reasons for early school dropout among high school students and their plans to resume their education. Dropout data from the National Education Longitudinal Study of 1988 reveal various reasons for dropping out that include school-related, family-related, and job-related causes, as well as influences from peers and residential mobility.…
Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, Cultural Influences, Dropout Research, Dropouts
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