ERIC Number: ED324375
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990
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Making the Best of Schools: A Handbook for Parents, Teachers, and Policymakers.
Oakes, Jeannie; Lipton, Martin
An inevitable tension exists between what parents want for their own child and the educational opportunities that schools now provide for all children. This handbook shows parents and policymakers how to cooperatively improve schools for all children by explaining effective educational practices and suggesting educational policy reforms. Schools and school policies are analyzed from the following perspectives: (1) culture; (2) learning; (3) the classroom; (4) valued-knowledge; (5) evaluation and sorting; (6) special needs; (7) parent involvement; and (8) school reform. Each perspective offers a broad understanding of the following issues: (1) how the overall organization and atmosphere of a school affect students' opportunities to learn; (2) how classroom environments affects students' self-esteem; (3) how various classroom techniques affect how students learn the most important subjects; and (4) how the home environment affects school success. Recommendations are made for educational policy reform, based on democratic values and educational research. Each chapter includes suggestions for further reading. An index is appended. (FMW)
Descriptors: Educational Change, Educational Improvement, Educational Policy, Educational Practices, Elementary Secondary Education, Parent Materials, Parent Participation, Parent School Relationship, School Effectiveness, School Restructuring
Yale University Press, 92A Yale Station, New Haven, CT 06520 ($19.95).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Parents; Policymakers; Teachers; Practitioners
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