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Athanases, Steven – Leadership, 2012
As teachers, schools and school leaders work to better prepare California's culturally and linguistically diverse students, methods for doing so vary widely. One approach prioritizes safe spaces, welcoming environments, well-structured routines--school and classroom culture features essential for students' well-being. A second key priority, often…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Teaching Methods, Second Language Learning, Culturally Relevant Education
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Alonzo, Alicia C. – Measurement: Interdisciplinary Research and Perspectives, 2011
Black, Wilson, and Yao (this issue) lay out a comprehensive vision for the way that learning progressions (or other "road maps") might be used to inform and coordinate formative and summative purposes of assessment. As Black, Wilson, and others have been arguing for over a decade, the effective use of formative assessment has great potential to…
Descriptors: Formative Evaluation, Educational Practices, Learning Processes, Classroom Techniques
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Solmsen, Bradley – Journal of Jewish Education, 2012
Woocher's vision for Reinventing Jewish Education for the 21st Century is clear, compelling, and convincing. The author agrees with Woocher's overarching analysis and deeply believes that profound change is necessary. At the same time, he wants to call for a note of caution related to Woocher's emphasis on the learner at the center. Within the…
Descriptors: Jews, Educational Change, Educational Experience, Judaism
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Takayama, Keita – Journal of Curriculum Studies, 2013
In this paper, I develop a critique of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)-based lifelong learning policy discourse with a particular focus on "key competencies" (KCs) and its equity implications for school curricular policies. First, I review the discussion of KCs in the writings by the OECD-affiliated…
Descriptors: Lifelong Learning, International Organizations, Educational Policy, Equal Education
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Neem, Johann N. – Democracy & Education, 2018
The Common Core does not advance democratic education. Far from it, the opening section of the language standards argues that the goal of public K-12 education is "college and career readiness." Only at the end of their introductory section do the Common Core's authors suggest that K-12 education has any goals beyond the economic:…
Descriptors: Common Core State Standards, Democracy, Democratic Values, Elementary Secondary Education
Costley, Kevin C.; Harrington, Kayla – Online Submission, 2012
Due to the eroding family composition of American families today and other important variables contributing to children's lack of social skills and inappropriate behaviors, the implementation of a Character Education curriculum is a greater need in schools today. This need is much more pressing than during the middle of the last century. Some…
Descriptors: Integrity, Values Education, Ethical Instruction, Educational Needs
Ravenhall, Mark – Adults Learning, 2011
During the affluent noughties it was sometimes said of government that it had "more visions than Mystic Meg and more pilots than British Airways". In 2011, the pilots, the pathfinders, the new initiatives are largely gone--implementation is the name of the game--but the visions remain. The latest one, as it affects adult learners, is in…
Descriptors: Adult Education, Adult Learning, Adult Students, Educational Objectives
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Ulate Sanchez, Rosita – Quarterly Review of Distance Education, 2014
In this commentary, Rosita Ulate Sanchez states that Venezuela, like other Latin American countries, begins the 21st century by confronting realities that require changes in its learning and education systems. The purpose of Venezuela's education system is to generate social renovation and economic development. It seeks to achieve this through…
Descriptors: Creativity, Leadership, Educational Change, Educational Objectives
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Wegerif, Rupert – Language and Education, 2005
The development of reason has long been an important aim for education. This is possibly reflected in the emphasis on the importance of explicit verbal reasoning in definitions of "Exploratory Talk", a concept that has had some influence on classroom teaching. In this paper I argue from transcript evidence that, while Exploratory Talk is a…
Descriptors: Creativity, Teaching Methods, Dialogs (Language), Classroom Communication
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Hodson, Derek – International Journal of Science Education, 2014
This opinion piece paper urges teachers and teacher educators to draw careful distinctions among four basic learning goals: learning science, learning about science, doing science and learning to address socio-scientific issues. In elaboration, the author urges that careful attention is paid to the selection of teaching/learning methods that…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Learning Strategies, Teaching Methods, Inquiry
Drury, Darrel; Baer, Justin – Harvard Education Press, 2011
At its heart are the National Education Association's "Status of the American Public School Teacher" surveys, which are conducted every five years and offer unprecedented insights into the professional lives and experiences of teachers nationwide. This volume analyzes and summarizes the survey's findings, while also offering commentaries…
Descriptors: Expertise, Teacher Salaries, Teaching (Occupation), Public Schools
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Shaw, Ian – Research on Social Work Practice, 2014
I take the opportunity provided by John Brekke's (2012) article to respond to the general assumptions and approaches that may be brought when considering the question of a science of social work. I consider first, what should be our frames of reference, our communities of interest, or our boundaries of inclusion, for such a discussion?…
Descriptors: Social Work, Social Sciences, Communities of Practice, Educational Practices
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LaSalle, Dan – Journal of Character Education, 2015
This article explores, from a teacher's perspective, how David Levin's course, "Teaching Character and Creating Positive Classrooms," and the entire field, could benefit from recognizing where and when teachers could adapt such strategies to even better address the needs of their students. Such a change could have tremendous benefits for…
Descriptors: Values Education, Teaching Methods, Teacher Attitudes, Student Needs
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Stickney, Jeff – International Journal of Leadership in Education, 2015
In this commentary 26-year Ontario district teacher, Jeff Stickney, begins by surveying balanced approaches to large- and small-scale education reforms: contrasting linear alignment with more complex ecological models, drawing on recent work by Andy Hargreaves (2008; Hargreaves & Shirley, 2012). Next, through a brief case study of School…
Descriptors: Alignment (Education), Educational Change, Educational Philosophy, School Effectiveness
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Mones, Leon – Music Educators Journal, 2013
In this article Leon Mones expresses his deep interest in the functional role of music in Western culture and particularly in the system of public education that has been designed to assure the survival and advancement of Western culture and the people who will live within it. In other words, he is interested in music as a dynamic experience in…
Descriptors: Western Civilization, Cultural Maintenance, Music Education, Music Appreciation
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