Pub. date: 2010 | Online Pub. Date: February 22, 2010 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412957403 | Print ISBN: 9781412956642 | Online ISBN: 9781412957403| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Effective Schools Movement
Richard Carl Baringer
The effective schools movement, pioneered by Ronald Edmonds of Harvard University and others, is a field of reform that dates from the 1960s and continues to the present day. Researchers have worked diligently to determine what works best in educating all children and to then provide models of reform designed to help struggling schools improve. Common elements of the effective schools movement include: positive engagement of students, smaller class sizes, respectful behavior, high expectations, defined consequences for positive and negative behaviors, and a structured routine for all students. The link to success is centered upon caring and dedicated teachers. The effective schools movement is designed to teach the basic skills to all students. In a general sense, the effective schools movement was an approach to education with a focused goal of simply improving education for urban students. As a result of this broad goal, best practices were sought through visiting ...