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Mustian, April L.; Cervantes, Henry; Lee, Robert – Educational Forum, 2022
Restorative Justice (RJ) is an educational "innovation" introduced into school communities as a counter approach to traditional punitive discipline practices. In this paper, we provide a critical examination of RJ in education by naming common pitfalls to RJ implementation in schools and providing four transformational cultural shifts…
Descriptors: Justice, Conflict Resolution, Punishment, Program Implementation
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Estrada, Peggy – Educational Forum, 2022
I describe how a policy aimed at increasing achievement among students labeled EL initially went awry--and how a researcher-district partnership persevered to rectify it. The policy, which called for 100% EL classrooms, produced unintended consequences. Critical discussion of empirical evidence and district-solicited input from multiple…
Descriptors: English Language Learners, Educational Policy, Academic Achievement, Classes (Groups of Students)
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Goldin, Simona; Duane, Addison; Khasnabis, Debi – Educational Forum, 2022
We analyze tweets authored by educators during the COVID-19 pandemic, which Ibram Kendi has called a viral and a racial pandemic, and illustrate how Whiteness feeds the blaming of children and communities of color for trauma. We evaluate tweets that: (1) misused trauma-informed teaching practice in ways characterized by White saviorism; (2) pushed…
Descriptors: Trauma, Social Media, Discourse Analysis, Racial Bias
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Campbell, Shanyce L. – Educational Forum, 2022
Using a chronicle, this paper examines teacher evaluation systems to highlight how neoliberal reforms produce unjust conditions for both teachers and students of color. I specifically center Black women and their ways of knowing to provide a (re)imagining around what is possible when educational leaders move beyond reforms to create a system that…
Descriptors: Teacher Evaluation, Neoliberalism, Educational Change, Minority Group Teachers
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Johnson, Odis, Jr.; Jabbari, Jason – Educational Forum, 2022
This article explores whether racial disparities in mathematics arise in majority White schools for students who receive in-school suspensions (ISS). Using data from the High School Longitudinal Survey and machine learning generated propensity scores to estimate average treatment effects, we find Black suspended students in schools with low White…
Descriptors: Suspension, African American Students, Institutional Characteristics, Whites
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O'Neill, Michaela Krug – Educational Forum, 2022
This paper provides an analysis of one state's Response to Intervention (RTI) model, bringing to light two predicaments that plague efforts to address disproportionality and support learning: (1) That RTI may continue to perpetuate disproportionality, both in the model's tiers of support as well as in the placement of students in special…
Descriptors: Response to Intervention, Disproportionate Representation, Racial Bias, Students with Disabilities
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Schroeder, Stephanie; Currin, Elizabeth; McCardle, Todd – Educational Forum, 2021
This paper investigates the impact of the 2016 presidential election on the Opt Out Florida Network (OOFN). Findings indicate that the widespread protests against the Trump presidency after the election highlighted the need to reframe OOFN's message in order to motivate membership to act for democratic schools. We suggest the outcome of OOFN's…
Descriptors: Activism, Elections, Standardized Tests, High Stakes Tests
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Sherman, Shelley – Educational Forum, 2021
Low teacher morale suggests a need for a renewed focus on joyful teaching. Moreover, mechanical lesson planning can discourage teacher candidates whose aspirations to teach pivot around their desire to make a difference in the lives of others while pursuing a career that will be joyful and fulfilling. Teacher educators can support candidates by…
Descriptors: Teacher Morale, Teaching Conditions, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Educators
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Torff, Bruce; Kimmons, Kathleen – Educational Forum, 2021
Investigating the development of teachers' interactional styles (related to "authoritative teaching"), survey research examined how interactional styles are predicted by teaching experience, age, and educational attainment, as well as gender. Secondary teachers (N = 272) completed an instructional-style scale measuring preferences…
Descriptors: Secondary School Teachers, Preferences, Teaching Styles, Interaction
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Guo, Karen; Kuramochi, Kiyomi – Educational Forum, 2021
In this study, we are looking for insights into children's learning in Japanese kindergartens from the perspectives and experiences of kindergarten teachers and children. Combining research on early childhood education in Japan and the capabilities approach, the findings indicate that children's learning is situated within a dynamic praxis,…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Kindergarten, Preschool Children, Preschool Teachers
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Hodge, Emily M. – Educational Forum, 2021
This study examines how a large metropolitan district presented the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) to its teachers, how secondary literacy teachers took up those messages, and the conceptions of equity that were represented at the district and teacher levels. This study draws on sensemaking theory and conceptions of equity in conjunction with…
Descriptors: Equal Education, Common Core State Standards, School Districts, Educational Opportunities
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Bittinger, Joshua D.; Wells, Ryan S.; Kimball, Ezekiel W. – Educational Forum, 2021
Although postsecondary STEM outcomes for students with disabilities are poorly understood, literature exploring this problem is quite sparse. We examined the career aspirations of high school students by modeling the likelihood of students with individualized education programs (IEPs) aspiring to STEM careers. Results demonstrated no differences…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Occupational Aspiration, High School Students, Individualized Education Programs
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Lanford, Michael – Educational Forum, 2021
This qualitative study of 43 adult learners in an urban community college critically examines the theory of andragogy's relevance in today's "New Economy." Findings encompass: (1) an individual dimension detailing adult learners' complex motivations for higher education; (2) an instructional dimension concerning the importance of…
Descriptors: Adult Students, Two Year College Students, Community Colleges, Urban Schools
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Mullen, Carol A. – Educational Forum, 2021
This review article focuses on perspectives from Canadian Indigenous literature about decolonizing education on behalf of Aboriginal populations. The research informs accountability, education, and policy in Canada and globally. Components of colonization parsed in sources are tribal injustice, dispossession, discrimination, conflict, and…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Canada Natives, Canadian Literature, Indigenous Knowledge
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Bara, Francisco Esteban; Fuentes, Juan Luis – Educational Forum, 2021
This article analyses certain contemporary educational practices, that undermine the true nature of education. It argues for a conception in which consideration is given both to immediate objectives as well as to more general goals. We identify three principal misconceptions that can be considered as hampering an adequate understanding of the…
Descriptors: Educational Practices, Ethics, Educational Objectives, Misconceptions
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