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Improvement Science in Education: A Primer provides a comprehensive overview of improvement science as a framework to guide continuous improvement and reconceptualizes improvement by centering equity and justice as the purpose of improvement. This Primer is designed to introduce improvement science, a methodology with origins in manufacturing, engineering and healthcare, to educational audiences. The book first explores the philosophical and methodological foundations of improvement science, juxtaposing it with traditional forms of research so that clear distinctions can be drawn. Chapters in the latter half of the book introduce the principles of improvement, give guidance and tools for operationalizing the principles in practice, and conclude with questions to ensure you are improving with equity in mind. Constantly reminding readers to think about who is involved and impacted, the Primer makes improvement science accessible to novices and adds critical dimensions for experienced practitioners to consider.
Perfect for courses such as: Educational Research, School Improvement, and Program Evaluation
List of Tables and Figures
Introduction—A Primer on Improvement Science
Chapter 1. Research, Science, and Education
Chapter 2. What is Improvement Science? Why do you need it?
What is the Exact Problem I’m Trying to Solve?
Chapter 3. Collaborating to Define Problems: Definitions with Stakeholder Voices
Chapter 4. Discerning Variation: Fluctuation in Processes and Outcomes
What Change Might I Introduce and Why?
Chapter 5. Using a Wide-Angle Lens: Seeing the System Producing Your Outcomes
Chapter 6. Developing Theories to Drive Improvement
Chapter 7. Operationalizing Your Theory with Practical Measurement
Chapter 8. Planning, Doing, Studying, and Acting: Improvement Methodology
Chapter 9. Accelerating Improvements with Networks
Chapter 10. Improvement Science in Education
Epilogue. Why Does a Black Girl Endorse Improvement Science?
“This is an important book for educators who seek to use scientific means for solving all kinds of problems—particularly problems of educational equity. It addresses problems of practice, from instructional problems to organizational problems, and the nature of problems in general. As described by Hinnant-Crawford, improvement science will serve as a useful framework to undergird our continuous improvement efforts to alleviate inequities in education.”Gloria Ladson-Billings, PhD, President, National Academy of Education Fellow, American Academy of Arts & Sciences; Professor Emerita, University of Wisconsin, Madison
“Hinnant-Crawford has made clear the link between equity, justice, and improvement science. By focusing on the systems-level, improvement science empowers educational leaders to actively change the structures that perpetuate inequities for our children. This book offers a distinct set of tools for practitioners who strive to champion equity and justice as drivers of change.”Jill Alexa Perry, PhD, Executive Director, Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate (CPED); Associate Professor of the Practice, University of Pittsburgh
“This book has arrived at exactly the right time for anyone who aspires to establish and nurture ‘improvement science’ as an essential foundation to better meet the needs of all students.”Lydia Dobyns, President and CEO of New Tech Network