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ERIC Number: EJ841831
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-May
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 36
ISSN: ISSN-0013-2004
Translation: An Alternative Framework for Conceptualizing and Supporting School Reform Efforts
Cook-Sather, Alison
Educational Theory, v59 n2 p217-231 May 2009
Alison Cook-Sather begins this review essay with a discussion of David Tyack and Larry Cuban's generative phrase "the grammar of schooling" to provide context for her examination of three texts that address the challenges of school reform: John Sylvester Lofty's "Quiet Wisdom: Teachers in the United States and England Talk About Standards, Practice, and Professionalism; Karen Hammerness's Seeing Through Teachers' Eyes: Professional Ideals and Classroom Practices," and Mary Kennedy's "Inside Teaching: How Classroom Life Undermines Reform." The "grammar of schooling" metaphor, according to Cook-Sather, captures what seems most fundamental and intractable about schools. Drawing on the texts under review as well as her own previous work on student voice and translation, Cook-Sather explores how bringing students into dialogue with teachers and other stakeholders might support us in translating--in the more nuanced senses of the term--the established grammar of schooling into a more flexible, responsive, and variously informed set of structures and practices that would constitute a humane educational system.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England); United States