The Implementation Gap: Understanding Reform in High Schools

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Students of educational improvement have long puzzled over why some school reform ideas blossom while others wither away. Based on an in-depth investigation by the Consortium for Policy Research in Education (CPRE), this volume looks at what actually happens when externally designed reforms enter into school environments. How and in what ways do reforms change schools even as schools alter the intent of reforms? What motivates school faculty responses and program designer reactions? This book sheds new light on these important questions by focusing on high schools, the sites of the greatest challenges in current school improvement efforts. From a variety of perspectives, the contributors present:

A compelling story about high schools that are using a variety of school improvement programs: High Schools That Work, First Things First, Ramp-Up to Literacy, the Penn Literacy Network, and SchoolNet.

Data from a diverse sample of schools, ranging from urban to rural, high performing to low performing, racially homogeneous to ethnically diverse.

Specific chapters on the impact of program design, the influence of teacher communication patterns, the imprint of both formal and informal leadership, and the role of the central office.

A new look at the ways in which reform efforts are repeatedly adjusted as they work their way through high schools.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807748459
  • Publisher: Teachers College Press
  • Publication date: 4/21/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword Michael Fullan Fullan, Michael


1 Reform Implementation Revisited Jonathan A. Supovitz Supovitz, Jonathan A. Elliot H. Weinbaum Weinbaum, Elliot H.

2 Theme and Variation in the Enactment of Reform: Case Studies Jennifer A. Mueller Mueller, Jennifer A. Katherine H. Hovde Hovde, Katherine H.

3 Channeling Adaptation: The Role of Design in Enactment Patterns Catherine Dunn Shiffman Shiffman, Catherine Dunn Matthew Riggan Riggan, Matthew Diane Massell Massell, Diane Matthew Goldwasser Goldwasser, Matthew Joy Anderson Anderson, Joy

4 Going with the Flow: Communication and Reform in High Schools Elliot H. Weinbaum Weinbaum, Elliot H. Russell P. Cole Cole, Russell P. Michael J. Weiss Weiss, Michael J. Jonathan A. Supovitz Supovitz, Jonathan A.

5 Interpreting, Supporting, and Resisting Change: The Geography of Leadership in Reform Settings Matthew Riggan Riggan, Matthew Jonathan A. Supovitz Supovitz, Jonathan A.

6 Tilting the Scales: Central Office Support for External School Reforms Elliot H. Weinbaum Weinbaum, Elliot H. Catherine Dunn Shiffman Shiffman, Catherine Dunn Margaret E. Goertz Goertz, Margaret E.

7 Implementation as Iterative Refraction Jonathan A. Supovitz Supovitz, Jonathan A.

Appendix Research Design


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