Empowering Teachers And Parents

Author: G. Alfred Hess
Publisher: J F Bergin & Garvey
ISBN:
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A much-needed examination of the impact on teachers and parents of the effort to improve our schools through restructuring, this book looks at professionalization and parent empowerment programs from the ground level rather than from the large-scale policy level. The editor, active in both policy setting and monitoring implementation, approaches the subject with an overarching view that weaves together a set of diverse case studies that examine some of the most notable efforts in this area of school reform. The first section demonstrates the tremendous difficulties involved in attempting to reshape the culture of public school teaching, noting both institutional resistance to change and the personal resistance of the professionals who are, in theory, being empowered through this approach. The second section details the problems of launching parent empowerment opportunities, in a large urban setting, and a contrasting case examines the choice of enrollment option. Here, too, these studies examine the effectiveness of these programs. The conclusion reflects on the opportunities such innovations provide for researchers and assesses the importance of such research in shaping the innovations themselves through evaluations while they are in process.

The New Politics Of Race And Gender

Author: Catherine Marshall
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1135720185
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What can schools do to eliminate sexism and racism? By the 1990's with shifting demographics, disillusionment with conventional liberal policies and new political coalitions, the politics of race and gender requires new analyses. The chapters in this book demonstrate how the politics of race and gender enter into proposals for parental choice, business involvement in schools, definitions of good leadership, special schools for minority children, curriculum debates, and debates about testing and accountability. Catherine Marshall provides the political historical context of race and gender politics in schools, and the following eighteen chapters provide a greater in-depth analysis. The chapters include work of scholars and policy analysts focusing on policy and policy implementation at all levels of school politics in the US, Australia and Israel. The book ends with critical policy analysis, raising deep theoretical questions and pulling out the chronic race and gender issues in education politics.

Down From Bureaucracy

Author: Joel F. Handler
Publisher: Princeton University Press
ISBN: 9781400821983
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Throughout the world, politicians are dismantling state enterprises and heaping praise on private markets, while in the United States a new rhetoric of "citizen empowerment" links a widespread distrust of government to decentralization and privatization. Here Joel Handler asks whether this restructuring of authority really allows ordinary citizens to take more control of the things that matter in their roles as parents and children, teachers and students, tenants and owners, producers and consumers. Looking at citizens as stakeholders in the modern social welfare state created by the New Deal, he traces the surprising ideological shifts of empowerment from its beginning as a cornerstone of the war on poverty in the 1960s to its central place in conservative market-based voucher schemes for school reform in the 1990s. Handler shows that in the past the gains from decentralization have proved to be more symbol than substance: some disadvantaged members of society will find new opportunities in the changes of the 1990s, but others will simply experience powerlessness under another name. He carefully distinguishes "empowerment by invitation" (in special education, worker safety, home health care, public housing tenancy, and neighborhood organizations) from the "empowerment by conflict" exemplified by the radical decentralization of the Chicago public schools. What emerges is a map of the major pitfalls and possible successes in the current journey away from a discredited regulatory state.

Parent School Collaboration

Author: Mary E. Henry
Publisher: SUNY Press
ISBN: 9780791428566
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Examines in close detail public schools' relationships with their parents and communities.

Pedagogy And Practice

Author: Patricia Murphy
Publisher: SAGE
ISBN: 1446202631
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This book foregrounds pedagogy in a way that challenges readers to reflect on themselves as teachers and learners, and to be reflexive about their own practices and contexts. Learning involves a transformation of identity which occurs through negotiation and repositioning, through new ways of relating, and through different ways of participating in practices. This book examines the meaning and implications for pedagogy in educational and workplace settings, and the role of the teacher in this sociocultural view of learning. By illustrating the mediated nature of agency and identity, the chapters (re)conceptualise the teacher and the learner and show different ways of supporting learning and being a teacher. The settings represented range from nursery to university and from out-of-school to insitutionally-based and work place situations. Curricular aspects represented include popular culture, critical literacy, multimodality, the arts, and new technologies. Teachers and student teachers, as learners, are also represented in the accounts assembled. The book takes a sociocultural view of learning and considers the pedagogical implications of this view. It explores different meanings of pedagogy and considers notions of cultural bridging and the processess of transforming identities. The contributions challenge ways of thinking about practice, both teaching and assessment, and argue for practices that bridge between learners' worlds, their communities and educational institutions. Drawing on the international literature, this book will be essential reading for students of curriculum learning and assessment in all sectors from pre-primary to further and higher education. It is suitable as a core text for masters and taught doctorate programmes. It will also be of interest to a wide range of professionals involved with curriculum, learning and the practice of teaching and assessment. This book is relevant to those in work-based and professional education and training, and in informal educational settings, as well as traditional educational institutions at all levels. A unique collection in a field that is underrepresented, it will also be of interest to an academic audience.

Speaking The Language Of Power

Author: Edited by David Fetterman (Professor of Stanford, University, USA).
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1135396345
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First Published in 1993. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

Whole School Success And Inclusive Education

Author: Wayne Sailor
Publisher: Teachers College Press
ISBN: 9780807741771
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A breakthrough for those concerned about improving education and schooling in our nation. Tackling tough, contemporary issues, this volume discusses provocative dilemmas with clarity and precision; it challenges us to think more deeply about reform and about the kind and quality of services America owes its children and itself. It is a work that will endure as both a challenge to our thinking and a call to action.

Reforming Education

Author: Stephen L. Jacobson
Publisher: Corwin Pr
ISBN:
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In this volume, leading educators and researchers examine current and future educational reforms and assess the restructuring that has occurred over the past decade in the US and other developed countries. Beginning with American school reform initiatives in the 80's and 90's, contributors go on to examine initiatives in Britain, Canada and Germany. The final section of the book considers the future of school reform in light of the changing realities of the 90's, concluding with a look at rapidly changing national economies, the increasing politicization of education policy, and the likely consequences of these changes on schools and educators.