Accelerating the Learning of All Students

Accelerating the Learning of All Students

Cultivating Culture Change in Schools, Classrooms, and Individuals

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Perseus Publishing
This book describes how the term ?acceleration” has been applied to teaching different groups of students and explores the influence of culture, as manifested in schools, classrooms, and individuals, in helping or hindering efforts to accelerate the learning of all students.

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.

Book News
Provides a description of what happens at the school, classroom, and individual levels when teachers attempt to extend efforts to accelerate learning to all students, including gifted, low-achieving, and average students. Highlights practices that have been used in special programs for gifted students, then uses and integrates these best practices into the general education model. Suggestions presented reflect the democratic ideal that accommodates the full range of individual differences in all students. The authors are assistant professors of education at the University/College of Charleston. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Publisher: Boulder, Colo. : Westview Press, 2000
ISBN: 9781429486682
1429486686
0813390508
9780813390505
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xvii, 190 pages)
Additional Contributors: Swanson, Julie D.

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