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Robinson, Theresa Y.; Jeremiah, Maxine – Schools: Studies in Education, 2011
As part of the Small Schools movement in Chicago Public Schools, a high school dedicated to African-centered education was chartered. The virtues of Ma'at and the Nguzo Saba, otherwise known as the seven principles of Kwanza, were the foundational principles of the school and were to be integrated into all of the practices and policies of the…
Descriptors: Direct Instruction, Afrocentrism, African American Culture, Small Schools
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Hawkes, T. Elijah – Schools: Studies in Education, 2011
Given the way that student, teacher, principal, and school testing and accountability measures are currently leaning, it is understandable why a child's moral development sometimes gets less attention than her aptitude in algebra. Yet even with nearly all major accountability incentives heaped upon the tests in math and English, there are still…
Descriptors: Role of Education, Moral Development, Accountability, Needs Assessment
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Cottle, Thomas J. – Schools: Studies in Education, 2010
The philosopher Emmanuel Levinas suggested that the most ethical act possible is the discovery that one has assumed responsibility for the other. In fact it is the other that makes possible the genuine exploration of the self, an act dominating the adolescent era of development. Although rarely appearing in educational literature, Levinas has…
Descriptors: Teacher Influence, Teacher Responsibility, Student Development, Teaching (Occupation)
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Pignatelli, Frank – Schools: Studies in Education, 2010
In this essay I examine what it could mean to act courageously in the midst of the troubling, disabling degree of standardization taking hold in schools. What does it take to express what I call "everyday courage"? First, there are no guarantees that one's good work will produce the outcomes one desires and is committed to realizing. I call this…
Descriptors: Cultural Differences, Academic Standards, Standardized Tests, Creativity
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Goulah, Jason – Schools: Studies in Education, 2010
This article examines Francis W. Parker's (1837-1902) and Tsunesaburo Makiguchi's (1871-1944) views of harmonious community life as the goal of education through bilingual analysis of Parker's "My Pedagogic Creed" (1897) and Makiguchi's On the Significance of Social Aspects that Mr. Parker Says Should be Incorporated into the School Experience…
Descriptors: Community, Educational Objectives, Educational Philosophy, Educational Researchers
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Baylin, Eric – Schools: Studies in Education, 2010
The article is a personal account of my engagement with some recent neuroscientific theory put forth by Mary Helen Immordino-Yang (University of Southern California) about the integral relationship between emotion and cognition. Specifically, the research suggests the necessity of engaging students on an emotional level in order to thoroughly…
Descriptors: Learner Engagement, Cognitive Processes, Psychological Patterns, Photography
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O'Connor, John S. – Schools: Studies in Education, 2010
The story of students' lives in schools is frequently related through the reductive prism of educational bureaucracy. Students are often narrowly defined by IQ scores, standardized test results, ability groupings, and the like. Such measures are more interested in sorting students into types than in fostering students' growth as unique human…
Descriptors: Story Telling, Student School Relationship, Student Empowerment, Reflection
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Beaton, Anne M. – Schools: Studies in Education, 2010
Why do I do that to myself? As a secondary English teacher, I want desperately for my students to pursue their own interests in their writing, but then I am stuck negotiating topics that push the envelope (read: make me uncomfortable): suicide attempts, cutting, abusive boyfriends, and drug use. When a student noted on his submission that it had…
Descriptors: Writing Instruction, Secondary School Students, Student Interests, Academic Freedom
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Zuorick, Claudia – Schools: Studies in Education, 2010
The author discusses how the many manifestations of blame impact the climate of every school. Blame is a destructive and much overlooked process that prevents educators from helping schools flourish. The author has uncovered how much they are distracted from creating optimal teaching/learning environments due to the strong hold blame has on all…
Descriptors: Teamwork, Teaching Conditions, Work Environment, Educational Environment
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Hawkes, T. Elijah – Schools: Studies in Education, 2010
For millions of years, human beings evolved and then lived in small social groupings that were intergenerational, with simple divisions of labor, oriented to common tasks and values. It was a limited existence in many ways, but there was community and continuity. And now, very suddenly in evolutionary time, we have built the teeming cities and…
Descriptors: Principals, Progressive Education, Public Schools, High Schools
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Kobelin, Melissa – Schools: Studies in Education, 2009
This article describes one teacher's efforts at creating a differentiated mathematics program in her multi-age first- and second-grade classroom. The author describes challenges encountered and successes met in this process, as well as the structures she uses to meet a variety of student abilities, including open-ended problem-solving tasks,…
Descriptors: Problem Solving, Curriculum Guides, Teachers, Mathematics Instruction
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Kalin-Miller, Maryanne – Schools: Studies in Education, 2009
This article encourages schools to invite an outside visitor who can provide a common experience for faculty, administration, students, and parents. Through objective observation, the visitor can provide thought-provoking and inspirational feedback on the life of the school. School visitors have affected my classroom life and the daily life of the…
Descriptors: Feedback (Response), Observation, Educational Change, Faculty
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Haroutunian-Gordon, Sophie – Schools: Studies in Education, 2009
In the article, we explore conditions under which people may allow their listening to be interrupted, that is, allow themselves to start listening for something they had not been trying to hear previously. We present empirical evidence for the conditions by analyzing an interview with a teacher who tells us how his listening was interrupted as he…
Descriptors: Trust (Psychology), Listening Skills, Interviews, Teacher Student Relationship
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Shields, Darla J. – Schools: Studies in Education, 2009
Urban teachers are fleeing urban schools in large numbers for positions that offer safety, support, security, autonomy, respect, higher pay, and freedom from managing disruptive student behaviors and attitudes that are products of the community's social problems. Efforts to retain experienced teachers in urban districts are crucial to the success…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, Social Problems, Urban Teaching, Student Behavior
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Cohen, Jonathan – Schools: Studies in Education, 2009
School climate refers to the character and quality of school life. It is based on these patterns and reflects norms, goals, values, interpersonal relationships, teaching, learning, leadership practices, and organizational structures. School climate is at the nexus of individual and group experience. School climate is based on the individual's…
Descriptors: Intervention, Educational Environment, Group Experience, Middle Schools
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