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Quality Implementation

Quality Implementation
Leveraging Collective Efficacy to Make "What Works" Actually Work

  • Jenni Donohoo - Education Consultant
  • Steven Katz - Director, Aporia Consulting Ltd. and Faculty Member, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto

October 2019 | 128 pages | Corwin
Harness the power of collective efficacy to achieve quality implementation! 
Designed to overcome a common barrier to successful implementation of school improvement efforts--entrenched belief systems--this book digs deeper into the power of collective efficacy. Teams with a strong sense of collective efficacy devise ways to make “what’s supposed to work” actually work, and find ways to exercise control over challenges that surround them. In addition to the examples from both inside and outside of education, readers will find
Ways to create environments that tap into mastery as the number one source of collective efficacy 
• Methods to strengthen vicarious experiences through observational learning
Examination of social persuasion and affective states as additional sources of collective efficacy

Expanding on this critically-important topic, this book accentuates the importance of collective efficacy as the single most important driver of student achievement and the key to successful implementation. This book is the spark you need to look at implementation in a completely new light.

List of Figures, Tables, and Resources
About the Authors
Chapter 1 The Elusive Quest for Quality Implementation
We Already Know What’s “Supposed” to Work in Schools

Quality Implementation Defined

The Problem of Getting to Quality Implementation

Beliefs Matter

Educators’ Beliefs

In Conclusion

Chapter 2 Why Implementation Frequently Fails
Collective Efficacy

Diminished Efficacy Is a Barrier to Quality Implementation

Collective Efficacy’s Role in Team Motivation

Diminished Collective Efficacy Results in a Reduction of Goals and Effort

Collective Efficacy Beliefs Shape Experience

In Conclusion

Chapter 3 Collective Efficacy as an Enabler of Quality Implementation
Integrating Daily Physical Activity in Elementary Schools

How Collective Efficacy Drives Quality Implementation

How Teams Exercise Control

Motivational Investments

How Goal Setting Influences Motivation

How Causal Attributions Influence Motivation

The Pygmalion Effect

In Conclusion

Chapter 4 Creating Mastery Moments
Mastery Experiences

Key Features of Mastery Environments

There Is an Open-to-Learning Stance

There Is an Orientation Toward Mastery Goals

Teams Engage in Joint Work Characterized by Positive Interdependence

The Thunder Cape Rescue

Progress Is Monitored Based on Success Criteria

Implications for Practice

A Focus on Learning Together

A Focus on Cause-and-Effect Relationships

A Focus on Goal-Directed Behavior

A Focus on Purposeful Practice

In Conclusion

Chapter 5 Learning Vicariously
Key Features of Vicarious Experiences



Attention, Retention, Reproduction, and Motivation

Psychological Safety

Implications for Practice

Establishing a Culture That Enables Observational Learning

Structures and Protocols for Observational Learning

Guiding Observational Learning

In Conclusion

Chapter 6 Convincing Teams That They Have What It Takes
Social Persuasion and Affective States: Two Additional Sources of Collective Efficacy

Using Social Persuasion to Influence Collective Efficacy

Cognitive Dissonance

Social Judgment Theory

The Narrative Paradigm

In Conclusion




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ISBN: 9781544354255

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