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ERIC Number: ED568733
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Aug
Pages: 309
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-1-8917-9226-7
Educational Entrepreneurship: Realities, Challenges, Possibilities
Hess, Frederick M., Ed.
Harvard Education Press
This lively and provocative book introduces this burgeoning field for readers concerned with K-12 education in the United States--and with efforts to reform and improve it. Entrepreneurship has emerged in recent years as an unprecedented and influential force in U.S. K-12 education. Yet the topic has received surprisingly little serious or systematic attention. "Educational Entrepreneurship" aims to fill this gap. This timely volume addresses a number of central questions: What is educational entrepreneurship and what does it look like? Who are the educational entrepreneurs and what motivates them? What tools do entrepreneurs need to be successful? What policies or practices enable or impede entrepreneurship? What would it mean to open up the education sector to more entrepreneurial activity? An interesting and admirable range of contributors offers clusters of articles on the nature of educational entrepreneurship; the political, policy, and legal contexts that face educational entrepreneurs; various models of entrepreneurial activity; the role of for-profit organizations in K-12 education; and possible future directions for educational entrepreneurs. Contents include: (1) Entrepreneurship, Risk and Reinvention (Frederick M. Hess); (2) What Is Educational Entrepreneurship? (Kim Smith and Julie Landry Petersen); (3) Entrepreneurs at Work (Paul Teske and Aimee Williamson); (4) The Policy Landscape (Patrick McGuinn); (5) Mapping the K-12 and Postsecondary Sectors (Adam Newman); (6) For-Profit K-12 Education: Through the Glass Darkly (Alex Molnar); (7) Entrepreneurs within School Districts (Joe Williams); (8) Markets, Bureaucracies, and Clans: The Role of Organizational Culture (Robert Maranto and April Gresham Maranto); (9) Why Is This So Difficult? (Henry M. Levin); (10) Opportunities, but a Resistant Culture (Steven F. Wilson); (11) The Bias against Scale and Profit (John E. Chubb); (12) Educational Entrepreneurs Redux (Larry Cuban); and (13) Politics, Policy, and the Promise of Entrepreneurship (Frederick M. Hess). An index is included.
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Publication Type: Books; Collected Works - General; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: Harvard University, Graduate School of Education