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Kaplan, Andy – Schools: Studies in Education, 2013
The work of Colonel Francis W. Parker, the man whom Dewey called "the father of progressive education," provides a starting point for reconstructing the loose ambiguities of progressive education into a coherent social and educational philosophy. Although progressives have claimed their approach is more humane and sensitive to children, we need…
Descriptors: Educational Philosophy, Progressive Education, Educational Practices, Educational Theories
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Madeloni, Barbara; Hoogstraten, Rachel – Schools: Studies in Education, 2013
In the spring of 2012 students at the University of Massachusetts Amherst School of Education received national attention when they refused to participate in the field test of a teacher performance assessment being run by Pearson Incorporated and Stanford University. Students, led by their professor, demanded they be given informed consent about…
Descriptors: Performance Based Assessment, Student Attitudes, Confidentiality, Field Tests
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Hawkes, Glenn W.; Hawkes, T. Elijah – Schools: Studies in Education, 2013
John Dewey was inspired by what he termed "the miracle of shared experience and shared communication." His faith in the power of individuals working in democratic association also included warnings of a darker side, the "monstrosities" that individuals can become when they live and work in isolation from others. In this…
Descriptors: Progressive Education, Teaching (Occupation), Professional Isolation, Educational Change
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Parsons, Rachel – Schools: Studies in Education, 2013
Many people have ideas about what it means to teach in inner-city schools, but they are often off the mark. This essay explores the challenges, beauties, and complexities of working in an alternative/transfer school in New York City, with a population that is at very high risk for dropping out. Through individual portraits of students, the author…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Educational Objectives, Nontraditional Education, At Risk Students
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Tieman, John Samuel – Schools: Studies in Education, 2013
This essay is a call for a more psychoanalytically informed approach to educational psychology and teacher formation. To this end, the author gives an overview of a course in psychology that he recommends for inclusion in teacher education. This course is in two parts. The first part is an introduction to some important elements of psychoanalytic…
Descriptors: Educational Psychology, Teacher Education, Psychotherapy, Student Needs
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Casesa, Rhianna – Schools: Studies in Education, 2013
By examining the potential of purposefully implemented critical bicultural pedagogy (CBP) for student empowerment, this article responds to "Culture and Power in the Classroom: Educational Foundations for the Schooling of Bicultural Students" by Antonia Darder (Boulder, CO: Paradigm, 2012). Using a theoretical framework based upon…
Descriptors: Grade 4, Cultural Pluralism, Multicultural Education, Student Diversity
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Vecellio, Shawn – Schools: Studies in Education, 2013
In this article the author examines the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) to argue for changes in "standards-based" perspectives and practices that grew out of No Child Left Behind. Drawing on an article by David T. Conley, cochairman of the Validation Committee for the CCSS, the author offers a new model for the professional…
Descriptors: State Standards, Academic Standards, Educational Practices, Interdisciplinary Approach
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Huynh, Annie – Schools: Studies in Education, 2013
This personal reflection explores the role of counter-narratives and courageous conversations in the elementary curriculum. It explores how the intentionality of Black Heritage Day at the Folk Arts-Cultural Treasures Charter School and its curriculum guides students and teachers in exploring issues of race, culture, and history. (Contains 1…
Descriptors: Elementary School Curriculum, Controversial Issues (Course Content), Heritage Education, African American History
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Elliott, Shanti – Schools: Studies in Education, 2013
At a time when serious pronouncements and decisions about education are made by noneducators, it is important to take note of the practice and impact of teachers' collective reflective resistance. This means foregrounding learning that is organic, artful, and contemplative--that puts first the humanity of students and teachers. This is a story of…
Descriptors: Inquiry, Teacher Collaboration, Interdisciplinary Approach, Resistance (Psychology)
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Cottle, Thomas J. – Schools: Studies in Education, 2012
A reflection is offered on what certain scholars call the variousness of students and teachers of the sort that psychologists often miss. A case is made for the need to separate one's self from the objects one studies as one attempts to assess students and modes of learning, the variations in historical eras and their influence on the shaping of…
Descriptors: Altruism, Psychologists, Ideology, Reflection
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O'Connor, John S. – Schools: Studies in Education, 2012
Scoring SAT-style exam essays, John S. O'Connor is struck by the disconnection between the subject matter and students' personal lives. Further, O'Connor notes that such tests draw an alarming distinction between writing and "content"--as if the two are unrelated. O'Connor calls for a broader understanding of literacy, and he warns of dire…
Descriptors: Writing (Composition), Evaluation Criteria, Evaluation Methods, Student Evaluation
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Burwell, Julie; Stone, Robert – Schools: Studies in Education, 2012
Two middle school teachers consider the function of the word popular in middle school life and illustrate that the lesser used term powerful is often more applicable. They offer an alternative vocabulary for social standing and examine the factors that can influence that standing. By discussing the manifold ways that the social life of students…
Descriptors: Social Life, Holistic Approach, Middle School Teachers, Peer Relationship
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Bilac, Sanja – Schools: Studies in Education, 2012
Why is it important to provide support to students in the classroom? It is an empirical fact that precisely this part of the "internal school life" considerably influences the positive development and satisfaction of the school. Some anecdotes from school remain merely memories, while others become values that are carefully protected one's whole…
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Teamwork, Teacher Effectiveness, Partnerships in Education
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Pignatelli, Frank – Schools: Studies in Education, 2012
A system of accountability in public schools predicated upon standardized testing accompanied by high-stakes consequences for leaders, as well as teachers and students, has posed a daunting challenge to educational leaders who align themselves with core tenets of progressive education. This essay explores what it might mean--and take--to stay true…
Descriptors: Accountability, Values, Standardized Tests, Educational Change
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Kaplan, Andy – Schools: Studies in Education, 2012
For the past two years, the author had the privilege of sharing a course with intelligent, inventive, and diligent students. "Schools Across Borders, Schools Across Time"--very soon abbreviated and known for two years now as SABSAT--was initially a one-time experiment, a course designed to produce a student documentary on progressive and soka…
Descriptors: Academically Gifted, Advanced Students, Essays, Student Projects
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