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ERIC Number: ED396423
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Dec-28
Pages: 21
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Full Participation: A Useful Paradigm for School Self-Renewal.
Isaacs, Madelyn L.; And Others
As education engages in reform at all levels, an underlying theme of inclusive participation in reform has emerged. School renewal needs to be based on recognition of some unifying principles or a paradigm that will coherently direct renewal. The new paradigm is conceptualized in terms of a change from the homogeneous, melting-pot philosophy to one of diversity, collaboration, and inclusion. The new paradigm promotes the concept that the educational experiences among all children may differ. It values those differences. The shift to the new paradigm is seen in increased parental and community participation in education, increased efforts at inclusion for all students, and a drive toward participatory leadership in administration. The full-participation paradigm is complemented by a systems view that examines the effects of interacting roles on the system. Barriers to successful school self-renewal include lack of support for inservice time, the movement to nationalize curriculum, larger class sizes, and centralized micromanagement. Teacher education programs can define teacher roles around the individualization of education and explain how it affects teacher accountability and success. (Contains 16 references.) (LMI)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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