Why theory matters: An examination of contemporary learning time reforms Journal Article uri icon



  • This article explores the contemporary policy reform push to extend and expand learning time in schools. In light of the potential and continued prominence of learning time reforms in today‚Äôs national educational landscape, this article makes visible the ways in which theory matters for the near- and long-term success of equity-focused educational reforms. Using the recent enactment of learning time reforms in Colorado as an illustration, and the zone of mediation framework as a conceptual lens, this article demonstrates how such reforms are likely to be weakened and undermined without strong theoretical grounding.

publication date

  • January 4, 2016

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  • gold

Date in CU Experts

  • January 26, 2017 4:55 AM

Full Author List

  • DiGiacomo DK; Prudhomme JJ; Jones HR; Welner KG; Kirshner B

author count

  • 5

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Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1068-2341

Additional Document Info

start page

  • 44

end page

  • 44


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