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The Implementation Gap: Understanding Reform in High Schools

The Implementation Gap: Understanding Reform in High Schools

by Elliot Weinbaum


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The Implementation Gap: Understanding Reform in High Schools

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.

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ISBN-13: 9780807748459
Publisher: Teachers College Press
Publication date: 04/21/2008
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 vii

Acknowledgments ix

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

2 Theme and Variation in the Enactment of Reform: Case Studies Jennifer A. Mueller Katherine H. Hovde 21

3 Channeling Adaptation: The Role of Design in Enactment Patterns Catherine Dunn Shiffman Matthew Riggan Diane Massell Matthew Goldwasser Joy Anderson 46

4 Going with the Flow: Communication and Reform in High Schools Elliot H. Weinbaum Russell P. Cole Michael J. Weiss Jonathan A. Supovitz 68

5 Interpreting, Supporting, and Resisting Change: The Geography of Leadership in Reform Settings Matthew Riggan Jonathan A. Supovitz 103

6 Tilting the Scales: Central Office Support for External School Reforms Elliot H. Weinbaum Catherine Dunn Shiffman Margaret E. Goertz 126

7 Implementation as Iterative Refraction Jonathan A. Supovitz 151

Appendix: Research Design 173

About the Editors and the Contributors 183

Index 187

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