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Pepper, Kaye; Burroughs, Susie; Groce, Eric – Educational Foundations, 2003
This study investigated obstacles to teaching civic education in the United States, a country whose government was established on democratic principles over 250 years ago, and Hungary, a European country presently making the transition to a government based on democratic principles. The purpose is to compare the obstacles within these two…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Comparative Analysis, Democracy, Citizenship Education
Lucey, Thomas A. – Educational Foundations, 2003
The United States faces an economic-influenced educational crisis. According to the U.S. Department of Commence, Census Bureau data (2002) the difference in household earnings between the upper and lower quintiles has worsened over the last forty years. Future generations possess suspect knowledge to properly manage this income, as youth possess…
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Economics Education, Incentives, Consumer Education
Milligan, Jeffrey Ayala – Educational Foundations, 2003
In a 1974 essay entitled "Cloud of Smoke, Pillar of Fire," Rabbi Irving Greenberg offered the "working principle"--no statement, theological or otherwise, should be made that would not be credible in the presence of burning children--in response to Christian silence during the Holocaust and as a kind of moral plumb line by which post-Shoah…
Descriptors: Tragedy, Public Education, Educational Philosophy, Literary Devices
Ford, Maureen – Educational Foundations, 2003
In this article, the author discusses the technologies of power in classroom organization practices that occur on two levels: (1) locally, in a study of open-concept, learner-centered classrooms; and (2) discursively, in a commentary on the value of a Foucauldian analysis of power for educators. Foucault's analysis of what the author calls…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Classroom Techniques, Class Organization, Educational Theories
Cozart, Sheryl Conrad; Gordon, Jenny; Gunzenhauser, Michael G.; McKinney, Monica B.; Petterson, Jean A. – Educational Foundations, 2003
In this paper, the authors depict performance ethnography as having multiple ethical dimensions and multiple implications for the relationships between the evaluator and program participants. They have found performance ethnography to be essentially an intimate form of representation that has tremendous implications for the ownership of…
Descriptors: Program Effectiveness, Evaluation Research, Qualitative Research, Ethnography
Nainby, Keith; Pea, John B. – Educational Foundations, 2003
Social mobility carries with it a sense of loss. To be socially mobile is to move from one place, economically, culturally, personally, to another. One consequence of that loss, sometimes, is immobility--a paralysis brought on by the violent, forceful, uncertain rush of social mobility itself. The immobility of fear, the feeling stuck, the not…
Descriptors: Social Mobility, Working Class, Social Class, Personal Narratives
Hursh, David – Educational Foundations, 2003
In this paper, the author describes his own understanding of the process on how he moved from being a working-class boy who experienced school as a digression from his real interest--sports--to someone who had made education his life work. In particular, he describes his own changing gender, race, and class identity within the context of an…
Descriptors: Middle Class, Working Class, Educational Experience, Educational Attainment
Watras, Joseph – Educational Foundations, 2003
The author posits that testing teacher quality will not improve education unless people realize how current means of teacher testing could eliminate from teacher preparation the utopian elements that foundations courses present through material from authors such as Maxine Greene, Samuel Bowles, and Herbert Gintis. He presents a history of the…
Descriptors: Court Litigation, Teacher Competency Testing, Teacher Effectiveness, Educational Testing
Gerstl-Pepin, Cynthia I. – Educational Foundations, 2003
In this paper, the author explores her experiences growing up of being defined as "different" due to her class background. The author uses the term "difference" to mean how the concept of the "other" is defined and understood in this society. The "other" in this instance are individuals or groups who have existed on the margins of the society;…
Descriptors: Family Life, Discourse Analysis, Early Childhood Education, Living Standards
Hatt-Echeverria, Beth; Urrieta, Luis, Jr. – Educational Foundations, 2003
In an effort to explore how racial and class oppressions intersect, the authors use their autobiographical narratives to depict cultural and experiential continuity and discontinuity in growing up white working class versus Chicano working class. They specifically focus on "racializing class" due to the ways class is often used as a copout by…
Descriptors: Social Influences, Working Class, Social Class, Racial Factors
Lensmire, Timothy J. – Educational Foundations, 2003
In this article, the author recounts his experiences at Michigan State University during his graduate studies and at Washington University in St. Louis, when he worked as an assistant professor. He focuses his narrative on his struggle to define his quest, to avoid both success and failure. The author was born in a small town in rural Wisconsin…
Descriptors: Graduate Students, Personal Narratives, College Faculty, Success
Renne, Christine G. – Educational Foundations, 2003
This paper presents a narrative that explores the author's own life as a woman from a working class background who is now a professor. After situating her work in the small but growing research field about the intersection of social class and academics, the author presents her autobiography by providing a documentary through the three categories…
Descriptors: Autobiographies, Self Disclosure (Individuals), Social Experience, Intellectual Experience
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