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ERIC Number: EJ1095656
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 11
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Caution or Stasis: Using Research to Rethink Schools--Now
Blodget, Alden
Teacher Educators' Journal, v9 p156-166 Spr 2016
In this article, Alden Blodget reflects on his more than 50 years of working in what he terms "the tragicomedy club of school reform," and suggests a need to rethink not just classroom teaching methods but the entire system. Blodget states that if the current system is built on faulty assumptions about learning, then there must be a replacing of these assumptions and a redesign of the structures, practices, and policies that they support. Research has shown, however, that change is hard work; it's threatening and can be deeply unsettling. Unfortunately, those who oppose change often seize on any excuse to keep it at bay. Research has also shown that combining the gathering of data and all the other steps that the cautious suggest with actual changes to improve the lives of young learners is available right now--if educators work to study and understand the current research that resonates with their own experiences. Blodget suggests that: (1) schools hire their teachers to work most of the summer with their colleagues to imagine and develop structures, practices, and policies that make more sense than the current ones; and (2) schools of education immerse the next generation of teachers in mind, brain, and education (MBE) because kids in the classrooms need change now, not later.
Association of Teacher Educators in Virginia. Shenandoah University, Winchester, VA 22601. e-mail: ehthomps@ehc.edu; Web site: http://ateva.org/?page_id=450
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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