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Seher, Rachel; Traugh, Cecelia; Cheng, Alan – Schools: Studies in Education, 2018
This article shows how City-As-School, a progressive public school in New York City, used descriptive inquiry to deepen shared decision making, which is a central value of the school and part of a democratic way of life. Descriptive inquiry is a democratic knowledge-making process that was developed at the Prospect School in North Bennington,…
Descriptors: Participative Decision Making, Public Schools, Teacher Leadership, Inquiry
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Knecht, Douglas R. – Schools: Studies in Education, 2018
Given the current challenges facing our democracy in the United States, the role of public schools in forming habits of democratic practice in our citizenry is as important today as ever. To explore this urgent topic, the author interviewed 13 leaders of 10 New York City public schools committed to educating for and with democracy. Six patterns of…
Descriptors: Democracy, Public Schools, Empathy, Inclusion
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Kralovec, Etta – Schools: Studies in Education, 2018
This article reflects on the experiences of a Fulbright scholar, drawing heavily on the collected writings from her Zimbabwean students. The story tells of the emerging identity of the first generation to be born in an independent Zimbabwe. The article explores the intersection of traditional culture, gender, and democracy that these students face…
Descriptors: Democracy, Learning Experience, Cultural Influences, Gender Issues
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Bruce, Bertram – Schools: Studies in Education, 2018
Our ways of living together, communicating, and learning shape social life and our responses to problems such as economic injustice, racism, or climate change. That insight led John Dewey to identify democracy and its engine, democratic education, as the best means for assembling the knowledge necessary to address complex challenges and to ensure…
Descriptors: Democratic Values, School Community Relationship, Figurative Language, Change Strategies
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Smith, Grinell; Rabin, Colette – Schools: Studies in Education, 2018
This article details a four-faceted approach we developed to help structure discourse about topics in partisan arenas, many of which intersect with issues of equity and social justice. The article's narrative centers on challenging and emotionally charged discussions that unfolded in a classroom management class in our teacher preparation program…
Descriptors: Preservice Teacher Education, Preservice Teachers, Controversial Issues (Course Content), Teaching Methods
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Kloss, Dean – Schools: Studies in Education, 2018
Contemporary academic scholarship has devoted a tremendous amount of effort to documenting the prevalent standardized, formal schooling environment. Too little has been written about the persistence of small, independent progressive schools that have never stopped putting their students' individual needs and interests first. Peachtown Elementary…
Descriptors: Progressive Education, Elementary School Students, Elementary School Teachers, Models
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Inouye, Martha; Houseal, Ana – Schools: Studies in Education, 2018
Anyone who has spent decades in public education is aware of the pendulum swing of ideas, strategies, and policies that can cause drastic changes. Since the 1980s, inclusion of critical thinking development in classrooms has sharply declined, given accountability mandates and legislation such as No Child Left Behind. A potential reawakening to…
Descriptors: Critical Thinking, Teaching Methods, Science Instruction, Standards
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Ratner, Andrew – Schools: Studies in Education, 2018
The author, a professor of English education, reads to his nine-year-old son nightly, and has for many years. The mutually cherished and fulfilling routine is strained to the breaking point because of the author's growing concern about his son's prospects for being admitted into a "good" public middle school. The narrative offers…
Descriptors: Reading Aloud to Others, Middle Schools, Literacy Education, High Stakes Tests
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Tsang, Kwok Kuen; Jiang, Lianjiang – Schools: Studies in Education, 2018
Informed by symbolic interactionism, this study examines how positive emotional experiences in teaching, teacher identity, and student behaviors are associated. According to the symbolic interactionism perspective, positive student behaviors signify that teachers have successfully embodied the teacher identity, which results in positive emotional…
Descriptors: Emotional Response, Professional Identity, Student Behavior, Interaction
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Katch, Jane – Schools: Studies in Education, 2018
How can educators help privileged children develop understanding of and compassion for immigrants in schools where there is very little diversity in their classrooms? The author used picture books to help children feel closer to those who came from challenging environments to find a better life in the United States. She discovered that asking…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Empathy, Picture Books, Altruism
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Laufer, Matt; Butler-Vanderlinden, Emma; Carlin, Lindsay; Saker, Sophia; Taylor, Molly – Schools: Studies in Education, 2018
The article documents the process by which four independent high school students from the Francis W. Parker School in Chicago and the faculty adviser of their school newspaper, "The Weekly" (a monthly), produced a daylong journalism symposium designed to promote and explore democratic education, student leadership, and professional…
Descriptors: High Schools, Journalism, Journalism Education, School Newspapers
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Hawkes, T. Elijah – Schools: Studies in Education, 2017
This article is an inquiry into the work of educators at the James Baldwin School (JBS), a New York City public school with an explicit commitment to democracy in its mission and core values. The author was founding principal at JBS for the first six years, has stayed in touch, and recently went back to talk with faculty about how their work has…
Descriptors: Small Schools, Governance, Democratic Values, Public Schools
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Cirillo, Nancy R. – Schools: Studies in Education, 2017
"Tell Us the Truth" is a collaborative article by a professor of English and her freshmen students in a core humanities course from the Fall 2016 entitled Readings in Atlantic Slavery. The students read novels, slave narratives, memoirs, and history. The essay follows the growing interest of the students as they read against the…
Descriptors: College Faculty, Slavery, College Freshmen, Novels
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O'Connor, John S.; Lessing, Avi D. – Schools: Studies in Education, 2017
In this article, John O'Connor and Avi Lessing discuss their decision to create gradeless classrooms. They reached this decision by witnessing the profound cost grades hold for students and teachers alike. Grades threaten to reduce students to mere scores and teachers to bookkeepers, both groups focused more on grades than learning. By eliminating…
Descriptors: Grades (Scholastic), Teacher Student Relationship, Decision Making, Educational Practices
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Gibson, Stacey A. – Schools: Studies in Education, 2017
A teacher's practice is influenced by personal, institutional, historical, and societal experiences. Teachers are expected to manage how content is delivered in a classroom setting. As well a teacher is managing their own emotional and internal narratives around complex issues such as race, racism, and oppression in the classroom. By exploring the…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Course Content, Power Structure, History
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