Pub. date: 2005 | Online Pub. Date: September 15, 2007 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412950565 | Print ISBN: 9780761928201 | Online ISBN: 9781412950565| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Community Schools and Applied Developmental Research
Jennifer A. Murphy
The application of developmental research to K–12 educational settings has led to a new understanding of how primary and secondary schools can best promote the academic and psychosocial development of children and adolescents. This entry will explore how the integration of these two disciplines has led to the development and implementation of a new model of schooling, the community school . This innovative school model, employing the lessons learned from developmental research, seeks to remove the barriers to learning that often exist in public school settings and thereby enable every child to succeed in school. The entry will begin by briefly discussing how applied developmental research has contributed to the development of the community school model. Next, a definition and description of a community school will be provided. The entry will end with a summary of the research and evaluation efforts examining the effectiveness of community schools. Recent advances in ...