Failure, The Next Generation: Why Rigorous Standards are not Sufficient to Improve Science Learning

International Journal of Education Policy and Leadership

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Title Failure, The Next Generation: Why Rigorous Standards are not Sufficient to Improve Science Learning
 
Creator Bair, Mary Antony; Grand Valley State University
Bair, David Edward; Grand Valley State University
 
Subject policy implementation, science standards, high school science
 
Description Although many states in the United States are adopting policies that require all students to complete college-preparatory science classes to graduate from high school, the outcomes of such policies have not always led to improved student outcomes. While there is much speculation about the cause of the dismal results, there is scant research on the process by which the policies are being implemented at the school level, especially in schools that enroll large numbers of historically non-college-bound students. To address this gap in the literature, we conducted a four-year ethnographic case study of policy implementation at one racially and socioeconomically diverse high school in Michigan. Guided by the structuration theory of Anthony Giddens, we gathered and analyzed information from administrator and science teacher interviews, observations of science classes, and relevant curriculum and policy documents. Our findings reveal the processes and rationales by which a state policy mandating three years of college-preparatory science for all students was implemented at the school. Four years after the policy was implemented there was little improvement in science outcomes. The main reason for this, we found, was the lack of correspondence between the state policy and local policies developed in response to that state policy.
 
Publisher IJEPL is a joint publication of PDK International, SFU, and GMU
 
Contributor
 
Date 2014-11-30
 
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article
info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion
research-article
Qualitative; Ethnography
 
Format application/pdf
 
Identifier http://journals.sfu.ca/ijepl/index.php/ijepl/article/view/562
 
Source International Journal of Education Policy and Leadership; Vol 9, No 5 (2014): Failure, The Next Generation: Why Rigorous Standards are not Sufficient to Improve Science Learning
1555-5062
 
Language eng
 
Relation http://journals.sfu.ca/ijepl/index.php/ijepl/article/view/562/140
 
Rights Copyright (c) 2015 Mary Antony Bair, David Edward Bair
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0
 

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