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Accelerating The Learning Of All Students : Cultivating Culture Change In Schools, Classrooms And Individuals - Christine Finnan

Accelerating The Learning Of All Students

Cultivating Culture Change In Schools, Classrooms And Individuals

Paperback Published: 12th August 2000
ISBN: 9780813390505
Number Of Pages: 211

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Isn't acceleration just for gifted kids? This is a common assumption when we think about who benefits from efforts to accelerate student learning. For generations, students identified as gifted have been separated from other students and provided enriched learning opportunities many adults believe would be wasted on other students. More recently, in response to failed efforts to remediate low-achieving students, the term has been extended to efforts to reverse the negative effects of grade retention for many low-achieving students. The most promising application of the term involves efforts to extend the curriculum and instruction usually reserved for gifted students to all students."Accelerating the Learning of All Students: Cultivating Culture Change in Schools, Classrooms, and Individuals" explores the multiple applications of the term "acceleration" and the assumptions that shape schools, classrooms, and individuals that encourage and discourage efforts to accelerate the learning of all students. This book begins with an exploration of the multiple definitions of acceleration, examining the social and historical context that led to an emphasis on labeling and sorting students. Descriptions of exemplary programs geared to each group of students provide useful ideas for addressing special needs of students. These descriptions also illustrate the wisdom of providing a rich, challenging learning experience to all students rather than focussing on separating them for special instruction. The book proceeds to explore the conditions in schools and classrooms that facilitate or hinder efforts to accelerate learning of all students. Focusing on the importance of changing individuals' assumptions about students, adult roles in schools, acceptable educational practices, appropriate communication patterns and the value of change, the book ends with a challenge to all of us to assume responsibility for making schools a better place for all students. Written by authors who bring a wealth of experiences to this topic, Christine Finnan and Julie D. Swanson draw on their own research and experience and on current research to provide a much-needed exploration of issues surrounding efforts to effectively educate all students. "Accelerating the Learning of All Students" provides hope to all citizens and educators that the dismal history of educating low-income students can be turned around, and that all students can be provided the rich, engaging educational experience that has historically been reserved only for those identified as gifted.

List of Tables and Figuresp. ix
Forewordp. xi
Forewordp. xv
Introductionp. 1
The Multiple Meanings of Accelerationp. 7
Acceleration Definedp. 8
Acceleration for a Few or for All: The Social and Historical Contextp. 12
Toward Acceleration for Allp. 18
Accelerate = Serving Gifted and Talented Studentsp. 19
Candidates for Acceleration: Who Is Identified?p. 20
Why Accelerate Learning for Gifted and Talented Students?p. 21
Models of Acceleration for Gifted and Talented Studentsp. 22
From Identification to Development of Gifts and Talentsp. 27
Conclusionp. 30
Accelerate = Targeting Low-Achieving Studentsp. 33
Remediation or Acceleration?p. 34
Who Are Low Achievers?p. 35
A Model of Acceleration for Low-Achieving Studentsp. 38
Programs That Accelerate Low-Achieving Studentsp. 40
Conclusionp. 45
Accelerate = Challenging All Studentsp. 47
The Impetus for Acceleration of Allp. 49
A Research Framework Supporting Accelerated Learning for All Studentsp. 50
Accelerated Learning Programs, Projects, and Educational Strategiesp. 55
The Keys to Acceleration for All Studentsp. 60
Cultivating Culture Change to Accelerate the Learning of All Studentsp. 63
Cultivating Accelerationp. 64
What Is Culture?p. 65
Societal Assumptions Influencing School and Classroom Culturep. 68
Cultivating Culture Changep. 72
Notep. 74
Cultivating Acceleration Within School Culturesp. 75
Basic Assumptions Shaping School Culturep. 78
Assumptions Adults Hold for Childrenp. 80
Assumptions Students Hold About Themselves and Their Futurep. 84
Assumptions Related to Expectations for Adults (Teachers, Principals, and Parents)p. 88
Assumptions About Educational Practices That Are Considered "Acceptable,"p. 94
Assumptions About the Value of Changep. 101
Moving School Culture Toward Accelerationp. 104
Cultivating Acceleration Within Classroom Culturesp. 107
Basic Assumptions Shaping Classroom Culturep. 110
Assumptions Shaping Expectations for Student Learning and Appropriate Behaviorp. 110
Assumptions Related to Appropriate Communication and Discoursep. 117
Assumptions Related to Appropriate Adult Behaviorp. 122
Assumptions Related to Appropriate Educational Practicesp. 130
Moving Classroom Culture Toward Accelerationp. 136
Notesp. 137
Individuals as Cultivators: Acting on Changed Assumptions Within and Beyond the Schoolp. 139
Assumptions, Beliefs, and Actionsp. 140
Responsibilities of Individuals Within Schools and Classroomsp. 141
Responsibilities of Individuals Outside of Schoolsp. 149
So How Do We Do This?p. 156
Notesp. 161
Referencesp. 163
Indexp. 181
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ISBN: 9780813390505
ISBN-10: 0813390508
Series: Renewing American Schools
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 211
Published: 12th August 2000
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.73 x 15.11  x 1.17
Weight (kg): 0.29
Edition Number: 1