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Brighthouse, Harry; Ladd, Helen F.; Loeb, Susanna; Swift, Adam – University of Chicago Press, 2018
We spend a lot of time arguing about how schools might be improved. But we rarely take a step back to ask what we as a society should be looking for from education--what exactly should those who make decisions be trying to achieve? In "Educational Goods," two philosophers and two social scientists address this very question. They begin…
Descriptors: Educational Improvement, Decision Making, Educational Policy, Educational Objectives
Rebell, Michael A. – University of Chicago Press, 2018
The 2016 presidential election campaign and its aftermath have underscored worrisome trends in the present state of our democracy: the extreme polarization of the electorate, the dismissal of people with opposing views, and the widespread acceptance and circulation of one-sided and factually erroneous information. Only a small proportion of those…
Descriptors: Democracy, Citizenship Education, Best Practices, Civics
Ewing, Eve L. – University of Chicago Press, 2018
"Failing schools. Underprivileged schools. Just plain bad schools." That's how Eve L. Ewing opens "Ghosts in the Schoolyard": describing Chicago Public Schools from the outside. The way politicians and pundits and parents of kids who attend other schools talk about them, with a mix of pity and contempt. But Ewing knows Chicago…
Descriptors: Racial Bias, School Closing, Disadvantaged Schools, Public Schools
Curren, Randall; Dorn, Charles – University of Chicago Press, 2018
Should schools attempt to cultivate patriotism? If so, why? And what conception of patriotism should drive those efforts? Is patriotism essential to preserving national unity, sustaining vigorous commitment to just institutions, or motivating national service? Are the hazards of patriotism so great as to overshadow its potential benefits? Is there…
Descriptors: Patriotism, Citizenship Education, Civics, Social Justice
Hassrick, Elizabeth McGhee; Raudenbush, Stephen W.; Rosen, Lisa – University of Chicago Press, 2017
The challenge of overcoming educational inequality in the United States can sometimes appear overwhelming, and great controversy exists as to whether or not elementary schools are up to the task, whether they can ameliorate existing social inequalities and initiate opportunities for economic and civic flourishing for all children. This book shows…
Descriptors: Elementary Schools, Elementary Education, Equal Education, Educational Change
Labaree, David F. – University of Chicago Press, 2017
Read the news about America's colleges and universities--rising student debt, affirmative action debates, and conflicts between faculty and administrators--and it's clear that higher education in this country is a total mess. But as David F. Labaree reminds us in this book, it's always been that way. And that's exactly why it has become the most…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Entrepreneurship, Educational Practices, Educational Trends
Menand, Louis, Ed.; Reitter, Paul, Ed.; Wellmon, Chad, Ed. – University of Chicago Press, 2017
The modern research university is a global institution with a rich history that stretches into an ivy-laden past, but for as much as we think we know about that past, most of the writings that have recorded it are scattered across many archives and, in many cases, have yet to be translated into English. With this book, Paul Reitter, Chad Wellmon,…
Descriptors: Research Universities, Educational History, Educational Trends, Educational Development
Frankhart, Colleen, Ed. – University of Chicago Press, 2017
This annual volume offers the most complete and current listings of the requirements for certification of a wide range of educational professionals at the elementary and secondary levels. "Requirements for Certification" is a valuable resource, making much-needed knowledge available in one straightforward volume.
Descriptors: Teacher Certification, Counselor Certification, School Counselors, Elementary School Teachers
Hay, M. Cameron, Ed. – University of Chicago Press, 2016
To do research that really makes a difference--the authors of this book argue--social scientists need questions and methods that reflect the complexity of the world. Bringing together a consortium of voices across a variety of fields, "Methods that Matter" offers compelling and successful examples of mixed methods research that do just…
Descriptors: Mixed Methods Research, Social Science Research, Case Studies, Holistic Approach
McCabe, Janice M. – University of Chicago Press, 2016
We all know that good study habits, supportive parents, and engaged instructors are all keys to getting good grades in college. But as Janice M. McCabe shows in this illuminating study, there is one crucial factor determining a student's academic success that most of us tend to overlook: who they hang out with. Surveying a range of different kinds…
Descriptors: Friendship, Social Networks, Academic Achievement, College Students
McNamee, Gillian Dowley – University of Chicago Press, 2015
"The High-Performing Preschool" takes readers into the lives of three- and four-year-old Head Start students during their first year of school and focuses on the centerpiece of their school day: story acting. In this activity, students act out stories from high-quality children's literature as well as stories dictated by their peers.…
Descriptors: Preschool Education, Educational Quality, Preschool Children, At Risk Students
Mountford-Zimdars, Anna, Ed.; Sabbagh, Daniel, Ed.; Post, David, Ed. – University of Chicago Press, 2015
What does "fairness" mean internationally in terms of access to higher education? Increased competition for places in elite universities has prompted a worldwide discussion regarding the fairness of student admission policies. Despite budget cuts from governments--and increasing costs for students--competition is fierce at the most…
Descriptors: Access to Education, Higher Education, Educational Policy, Competition
Bjork, Christopher – University of Chicago Press, 2015
If there is one thing that describes the trajectory of American education, it is this: more high-stakes testing. In the United States, the debates surrounding this trajectory can be so fierce that it feels like we are in uncharted waters. As Christopher Bjork reminds us in this study, however, we are not the first to make testing so central to…
Descriptors: High Stakes Tests, Testing, Accountability, Educational Change
McDonald, Joseph P. – University of Chicago Press, 2014
Dissecting twenty years of educational politics in our nation's largest cities, "American School Reform" offers one of the clearest assessments of school reform as it has played out in our recent history. Joseph P. McDonald and his colleagues evaluate the half-billion-dollar Annenberg Challenge--launched in 1994--alongside other…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Politics of Education, Outcomes of Education, Educational Policy
Jacobs, Jerry A. – University of Chicago Press, 2014
Calls for closer connections among disciplines can be heard throughout the world of scholarly research, from major universities to the National Institutes of Health. "In Defense of Disciplines" presents a fresh and daring analysis of the argument surrounding interdisciplinarity. Challenging the belief that blurring the boundaries between…
Descriptors: Intellectual Disciplines, Interdisciplinary Approach, Liberal Arts, Case Studies
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