This dissertation examines a local problem of practice in public high schools. Currently, there is a lot of attention on the reform and improvement of high schools throughout the nation. While the current reform efforts have a number of different areas of focus, I have chosen to characterize the major initiatives as residing in one of two categories: academic press and social support. The academic press efforts largely center around conversations of rigor, increased expectations, course taking patterns, hard work, and creating a school culture centered around academic achievement. Conversely, the social support initiatives largely center around personalization efforts in large, comprehensive high schools. Therefore, this study brings these two areas of reform together, examines the literature base and efforts around these initiatives, distills the research into major subcomponents, and creates a guidebook and proposed data collection method for a district and/or school building leader to create a plan of action for school improvement.
|School:||University of Washington|
|School Location:||United States -- Washington|
|Source:||DAI-A 71/02, Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Educational leadership, Secondary education|
|Keywords:||Academic press, High schools, Social support|
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