Adaptive learning systems in seven redesigned high schools

Sharon Friesen, Michele Jacobsen, Barb Brown, & Gabriela Alonso Yanez presented this paper at the 2016 Conference of the Canadian Society for the Study of Education in Calgary, AB.


This mixed methods study focused on identifying and studying adaptive capacity in and across seven high schools. The purpose of this research was twofold: (1) to inform future High School redesign in Alberta, and (2) to identify the essential elements of leadership and teacher professional learning that might allow for scalability. A social network analysis was used to conceptualize connections influencing learning in a highly adaptive learning system. The findings from this study suggest a number of local conditions and a number of constitutive factors across schools that can provide a basis for educators and policy makers embarking on fundamental changes within high schools.


Friesen, S., Jacobsen, M., Brown, B., & Alonso-Yanez, G. (2016, May). Adaptive learning systems in seven redesigned high schools. Paper presented at the Canadian Association for the Study of Educational Administration (CASEA), Canadian Society for the Study of Education (CSSE), May 29-June 1, Calgary, AB.

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