Effective Schools

Edited by:
Dennis M. McInerney, The Education University of Hong Kong
Martin Dowson, Australian College of Ministries
Shawn Van Etten, SUNY Cortland

A volume in the series: Research on Sociocultural Influences on Motivation and Learning. Editor(s): Gregory Arief D. Liem, The Education University of Hong Kong.

Published 2006

Students arrive in our classrooms with complex sociocultural histories that include family, cultural, physical, social, emotional, and prior learning experiences. In order to be effective, schools must directly address these complex histories in meaningful, relevant and creative ways. The aim of this volume is to examine research on effective schooling from a sociocultural perspective - with a focus on developing the capacities of diverse students in diverse educational contexts. The chapters in this volume cover a wide range of important topics as listed below:

What We Know about Effective Schools and Effective Schooling from a Sociocultural Perspective. Martin Dowson, Dennis M. McInerney and Shawn Van Etten. PART I: ON RESEARCH. Using the Dynamic Model of Educational Effectiveness to Introduce a Policy Promoting the Provision of Equal Opportunities to Students of Different Social Groups. L. Kyriakides and B.P.M. Creemers. New Directions for School Effectiveness Research: Towards School Effectiveness Without Schools. Daniel Muijs. PART II: ON PEDAGOGY. Identifying the Connection Between Culturally Relevant Pedagogy, Motivation, and Academic Performance Among Ethnic Minority Youth. Kenneth Tyler, Eric M. Anderman, and Robert T. Haines. Textbook Pedagogy: A Sociocultural Analysis of Effective Teaching and Learning. Richard Walker and Mike Horsley. Motivational and Cognitive Aspects of Culturally Accommodated Instruction: The Case of Reading Comprehension. Robert Rueda. PART III: ON TEACHERS. Social Influences and the Quest for Excellence: A Socio-Cultural Perspective on Teacher Effectiveness. La Tefy Schoen. The Good Teacher: A Cross-Cultural Perspective. David Watkins and Qunying Zhang. PART IV: ON LEARNING ENVIRONMENTS. Changing Classroom Environments Through Effective Use of Technology. Deborah L. Lowther, Steven M. Ross, Fethi A. Inan and J. Daniel Strahl. Korean Students’ Reactions to Perceived Learning Environment, Parental Expectations, and Performance Feedback: Evidence for the Moderating Role of Performance-Approach Goals. Mimi Bong and Sung-Il Kim. Effective Discipline in Multicultural Schools in South Africa: Two Case Studies. Jan Heystek.