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Do Algorithms Homogenize Students’ Achievements in Secondary School Better Than Teachers’ Tracking Decisions?
Florian Klapproth
Two objectives guided this research. First, this study examined how well teachers’ tracking decisions contribute to the homogenization of their students’ achievements. Second, the study explored whether teachers’ tracking decisions would be outperformed in homogenizing the students’ achievements by statistical models of tracking decisions. These models were akin to teachers’ decisions in that...

Examining English Language Arts Common Core State Standards Instruction through Cultural Historical Activity Theory
Jennifer Barrett-Tatum
The English Language Arts Common Core State Standards and corresponding assessments brought about many changes for educators, their literacy instruction, and the literacy learning of their students. This study examined the day-to-day literacy instruction of two primary grade teachers during their first year of full CCSS implementation. Engestrӧm’s Third Generation Cultural Historical Activity...

School Vouchers and Student Neighborhoods: Evidence from the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program
Deven E. Carlson, Joshua M. Cowen
In this paper we explore the relationship between students’ residential location and participation in Milwaukee’s large, widely available private school voucher program. We are interested in one overarching question: do voucher schools disproportionately draw students from better public schools and city neighborhoods, or do they draw students most in need of alternative options? We consider...

Measuring the Alignment between States’ Finance and Accountability Policies: The Opportunity Gap
Matthew R. Della Sala, Robert C. Knoeppel
The research described in this paper expands on attempts to conceptualize, measure, and evaluate the degree to which states have aligned their finance systems with their respective accountability policies. State education finance and accountability policies serve as levers to provide equal educational opportunities for all students – scholars have called for the alignment of education finance...

Are Dual Enrollment Students College Ready? Evidence from the Wabash National Study of Liberal Arts Education
Brian P. An, Jason L. Taylor
We examine whether dual enrolled students display greater levels of college readiness than nonparticipants. Advocates assert that dual enrollment improves students’ college readiness, but despite these assertions, few researchers have evaluated this relationship. Moreover, researchers that do consider whether dual enrollment improves college readiness examine this relationship while students...

Managing the Dynamics of the Bologna Reforms: How Institutional Actors Re-Construct the Policy Framework
Amelia Veiga, Guy Neave
How do the constituencies in higher education re-interpret Bologna’s function with regard to the European Higher Education Area? This research examines how institutional actors re-construct the policy framework in the light of their own institutional agendas. Drawing on empirical data from a survey of Academics, Students and Administrators in seven universities in Germany, Italy, Norway and...

Teachers and Curriculum Materials in the Teaching of Social and Natural Sciences. An Analysis on Andalusian Teachers’ Beliefs and Reflective Practice (Spain)
Gabriel Travé-González, Francisco José Pozuelos-Estrada, Antonio Soto-Rosales
The results of an investigation into teachers´ conceptions on the use of curricular materials (textbooks and teacher-developed materials) in the teaching of Social and Natural sciences are presented. The study explores teachers´ representations on the processes of design, management and evaluation of the materials in order to propose improvements in classroom practices and educational...

Ideas of Justice and Conflict: Differences between Regulations and Commitments of Coexistence and Youth Perception of Justice in Schools
Pedro Nuñez
Educational research in the country and the region has a long-standing tradition, since the 80s, in the study of the incidence of the educational processes in the production and reproduction of social and educational inequalities. This article seeks to problematize these issues, by studying a new oriented approach the topics of citizenship and the feelings of injustice by incorporating to the...

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