Assessing What Really Matters in Schools: Creating Hope for the Future

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R&L Education, Jan 16, 2009 - Education - 128 pages
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Since the 1960s, efforts to reform education—including various curricular changes, reading approaches, teacher preparation, money for the disadvantaged, and different instructional approaches—have failed to bring about true systemic change because the reforms fail to deal with a different definition of learning. The Hope Study was created to discover whether a radically different learning environment would achieve different outcomes. In detailing the outcome of the Hope Study, Assessing What Really Matters in Schools gives hope to innovative and progressive schools, to new and different accountability systems, while changing the conversation from an achievement discourse to a human development discourse.
 

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Contents

Changing the Conversation
1
Chapter 01 What Is Learning?
7
Chapter 02 Schools of Hope
17
Chapter 03 The Research
25
Chapter 04 A Good StageEnvironment Fit for Adolescents
35
Chapter 05 Results of the Study
45
Chapter 06 Why EdVisions Schools Obtained Positive Results
61
Chapter 07 Using the Hope Study for School Improvement
71
Rigor Redefined
91
Appendix
101
References
105
About the Authors
115
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Ronald J. Newell serves as the Learning Program and Evaluation Director for EdVisions Schools. Mark J. Van Ryzin is Research Assistant at the Institute for Child Development at the University of Minnesota.

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