The Academic Achievement Challenge: What Really Works in the Classroom?


This book addresses one of the most essential issues in education: how best to instruct our students. Chall discusses the many educational reforms and innovations that have been proposed and employed over the past century, and explains why almost all of these reforms have failed. The book compares achievement rates that result from traditional, instruction-based approaches with those resulting from progressive, student-centered methods. Chapters address how each of these approaches have been applied in elementary and secondary schools and how they have influenced instructional practice in specific disciplines. Systematically analyzing a vast body of qualitative and quantitative research, Chall argues that instruction-based approaches result in higher achievement overall, with particular benefits for children of lower socioeconomic status and those with learning difficulties.

Additional information

Publisher: Place of publication:
  • New York
Publication year:
  • 2000


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