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ERIC Number: EJ1002828
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Oct
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0013-127X
Personalization in Schools
Yonezawa, Susan; McClure, Larry; Jones, Makeba
Education Digest: Essential Readings Condensed for Quick Review, v78 n2 p41-47 Oct 2012
Thoughtful educators personalize schools--greeting students by name, offering extra academic help, checking in about serious family problems. Some go further, such as setting up specialized clubs or internships with local businesses. Such acts benefit students, helping them feel connected to school and helping teachers and other staff respond to student needs and interests. These are key tenets of student-centered approaches to learning. Despite best intentions, however, most efforts to personalize schools fall short of their potential to make a major difference in the lives of young people. To evaluate formal attempts to personalize U.S. secondary education, the authors of this report assessed research on personalization in terms of teacher-student relationships and their impact on students. They examined school reforms that have incorporated personalization, with a special focus on programs affecting low-income and minority students. They conclude that increasing personalization must become the sustained goal of a widespread effort to significantly improve student achievement and emotional well-being.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United States