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Smith, Kersha – Pedagogy, Culture and Society, 2010
The aim of the present paper is to investigate the inner workings of a North American summer enrichment programme named Freedom School. More specifically this research explores how participants of the Children's Defense Fund (CDF) Freedom School programme experience "the Freedom School way", an amalgam of ideologies, discourses, and behaviours…
Descriptors: Enrichment Activities, Summer Programs, Schools, Ethics
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Hale, Jon N. – Journal of Social Studies Research, 2011
This article examines the history of the 1964 Mississippi Freedom Schools to illustrate how integrating the Civil Rights Movement into the social studies curriculum refocuses the aims of American education on participatory democracy. Teaching the Civil Rights Movement and employing the teaching strategies used in the Freedom Schools leads to the…
Descriptors: Achievement Gap, Civil Rights, Freedom, Democracy
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Fife, Brian L. – Global Education Review, 2016
The common school philosophy of the nineteenth century in the United States is revisited from a contemporary perspective. Is the basic ethos of the philosophy of Horace Mann and others still relevant today? This question is examined and applied to the conservative advocacy of free markets, individual freedom, and school choice in order to assess…
Descriptors: School Choice, Educational Philosophy, Educational History, Advocacy
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What Works Clearinghouse, 2008
This study examined whether "Children's Defense Fund (CDF) Freedom Schools"[R] improve students' reading assessment scores. The study reported higher gains in reading assessment scores for students who participated in the "CDF Freedom Schools"[R] program than for students who did not participate, evaluating more than 3,000…
Descriptors: Instructional Effectiveness, Scores, Reading Tests, Summer Programs
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Jackson, Tambra O.; Boutte, Gloria S. – Language Arts, 2009
In U.S. schools, African American students are typically fed steady diets of stereotypical and culturally invasive literature and often do not see themselves positively and consistently represented in books. The crisis is fueled, in part, by teachers who (for various reasons) do not include and draw upon counter-narratives in their classrooms.…
Descriptors: African American Students, African American Culture, Culturally Relevant Education, Reading Assignments
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Logue, Jennifer – Philosophical Studies in Education, 2008
John Dewey's pragmatism and progressive education sought to nourish the democratic principles of critical thinking and collective social action, which he saw as central to democracy and threatened by what Jürgen Habermas would call the rise of "instrumental rationality." Dewey was concerned that traditional approaches to education…
Descriptors: Freedom, Intervention, Teaching Methods, Citizenship
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Nir, Adam; Ben-David, Adi; Bogler, Ronit; Inbar, Dan; Zohar, Anat – International Journal of Educational Management, 2016
Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to analyze two parallel processes in the Israeli educational system: first, the idea of school autonomy, exploring its origins and its pedagogical implications and effectiveness; and second, the development of the progressive education evident mainly in the cognitive domain of twenty-first century skills (21st…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Institutional Autonomy, Educational Practices, School Effectiveness
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Jasinski, Igor; Lewis, Tyson E. – Journal of Philosophy of Education, 2016
While some argue that the only way to make a place for Philosophy for Children (P4C) in today's strict, standardised classroom is to measure its efficacy in promoting reasoning, we believe that this must be avoided in order to safeguard what is truly unique in P4C dialogue. When P4C acquiesces to the very same quantitative measures that define the…
Descriptors: Teacher Attitudes, Educational Philosophy, Communities of Practice, Freedom
Keefe, Anna; Tantillo, Vanessa; Norman, Dennis K. – National Indian Education Association, 2008
The National Indian Education Association (NIEA) has a long-standing commitment to protecting the cultural and linguistic traditions of Native American students. Towards strengthening these outcomes, they are initiating the development of the National Native Cultural Standards for Education project. To provide background support for future phases…
Descriptors: Cultural Education, American Indians, American Indian Education, Lifelong Learning
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Babie, Paul; Mylius, Ben – International Journal of Educational Reform, 2012
This article explores the place of religion within Australian primary and secondary education. It is divided into three parts. The first examines religion within the Australian legal and constitutional structure. The second considers the accommodation of religion in government (public or state) and nongovernment (private) schools, using the State…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Elementary Secondary Education, Role of Religion, Educational Practices
Patrinos, Harry Anthony – Human Development Network Education, 2010
One of the key features of the Dutch education system is freedom of education--freedom to establish schools and organize teaching. Almost 70 percent of schools in the Netherlands are administered by private school boards, and all schools are government funded equally. This allows school choice. Using an instrument to identify school choice, it is…
Descriptors: Private Education, Educational Finance, Educational Quality, School Choice
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
Pennington, Kaitlin – Center for American Progress, 2014
Over the past few decades, many state departments of education have taken over low-performing schools or districts as a school turnaround strategy. Recently, that strategy has shifted to creating new districts--managed by the state--that include schools and parts of districts that face challenges in performance. The governance structure brings…
Descriptors: School Districts, Faculty Development, State Action, School Turnaround
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WoBmann, Ludger – Peabody Journal of Education, 2007
This article reviews evidence from four international student achievement tests on the effects on student performance of competition from privately managed schools, schools' freedom to make autonomous decisions, and accountability introduced by external exit exams. The multivariate cross-country regressions are performed at the level of individual…
Descriptors: Competition, Accountability, Institutional Autonomy, Achievement Tests
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Hammersley-Fletcher, Linda – Management in Education, 2007
The Education Reform Act of 1988 introduced both a National Curriculum and a regime of inspection designed to ensure that schools were adequately meeting the demands of this curriculum. At the same time schools were being given greater autonomy through the increased powers of the governing body and open enrolment. Rather than add to the freedoms…
Descriptors: Educational Change, National Curriculum, Accountability, Moral Values
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