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Cleary, Joseph, Jr. – British Journal of Sociology of Education, 2017
This article examines "neoliberalism" inside two American public high schools. The work of one leading critical theorist, Mark Olssen, is explained and examined. Particular attention is paid to Olssen's concepts of "homo economicus" and "manipulatable man." It is concluded that Olssen's theories on neoliberalism…
Descriptors: Neoliberalism, Semi Structured Interviews, Professional Autonomy, High Schools
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Irizarry, Jason – Democracy & Education, 2011
Drawing from a two-year ethnographic study of Latino high school students engaged in youth participatory action research (YPAR), this article describes students' quest for freedom in schools, locating their struggle within a larger effort to realize the democratic ideals of public schooling. Using Latino/a Critical Race Theory as a theoretical…
Descriptors: Achievement Gap, Freedom, Action Research, Ethnography
Prager, Karen – Educational Testing Service, 2011
America is failing its young Black boys. In metropolitan ghettos, rural villages and midsized townships across the country, schools have become holding tanks for populations of Black boys who have a statistically higher probability of walking the corridors of prison than the halls of college. Across America, the problem of Black male achievement…
Descriptors: Achievement Gap, Academic Achievement, Ghettos, Urban Education
Calhoun, James M., Jr. – ProQuest LLC, 2011
Student achievement is not progressing on mathematics as measured by state, national, and international assessments. Much of the research points to mathematics curriculum and instruction as the root cause of student failure to achieve at levels comparable to other nations. Since mathematics is regarded as a gate keeper to many educational…
Descriptors: Mathematics Curriculum, Program Effectiveness, Pretests Posttests, Achievement Gains
Olson, Cathy Applefeld – Teaching Music, 2010
Many school bands organize their year around competitions, but Freedom High School in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, the only contest is topping the previous season's performances for the student body and surrounding community. That is just how Michael Moran--Freedom's busy band and orchestra director, fine and practical arts department chair, and wind…
Descriptors: High Schools, Musicians, Musical Instruments, Music Teachers
Abdulkadiroglu, Atila; Angrist, Joshua; Dynarski, Susan; Kane, Thomas J.; Pathak, Parag – National Bureau of Economic Research, 2009
Charter schools are publicly funded but operate outside the regulatory framework and collective bargaining agreements characteristic of traditional public schools. In return for this freedom, charter schools are subject to heightened accountability. This paper estimates the impact of charter school attendance on student achievement using data from…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Attendance Patterns, Collective Bargaining, Scores
Schultz, Brian D., Ed. – IAP - Information Age Publishing, Inc., 2010
This book embraces the idea of listening to and learning from students. Although many educational theorists have long argued that incorporating children's perspectives about teaching and curriculum has the potential for increasing students' interest and participation in learning, their radical perspectives are still ignored or dismissed in theory…
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Teaching (Occupation), School Activities, Educational Research
Smith, Jayne M. Trujillo Moehr – ProQuest LLC, 2012
Student resiliency refers to the ability to succeed in school regardless of unpleasant circumstances, such as poverty or abuse, and can be measured by the degree of presence of the following components: a sense of well-being, motivation, ability to set goals, development of strong relationships or connections, and stress management (Close &…
Descriptors: Social Development, Emotional Development, Nontraditional Education, High Schools