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Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The interactions of academic press and social support: A descriptive review of the literature and recommendations for high schools
by Gering, Steven, Ed.D., University of Washington, 2009, 119; 3393988
Abstract (Summary)

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.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Plecki, Margaret
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
Publication Number: 3393988
ISBN: 978-1-109-60920-2
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