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Thinking About Schools

Author : Aimee Howley
ISBN : 9781136500596
Genre : Education
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As its title implies, this book has a deceptively simple mission: to prepare would-be school leaders to draw upon a variety of theoretical perspectives when thinking about schools and schooling. It shows how theories can function as cognitive tools to be mastered, carefully stored in one's intellectual toolbox and used to interpret and resolve real world problems. Beneath this goal lies the belief that the most effective leaders are those who are able to construct their own well-grounded interpretations of events and their own responses to those events. Key features of this exciting new text include the following. Focus on Alternative Theories - The functionalist theoretical views that have dominated administrator preparation programs for the last half-century are reviewed early in the book and are shown to be inadequate to the task of understanding and coping with the complex realities of modern day schooling. The remainder of the book presents alternative views of schooling that, taken together, can be thought of as a theoretical repertoire from which to construct interpretations and solutions to everyday, real-world problems. Focus on Diversity - Diversity is examined from a variety of viewpoints. Chapter 6 looks at the cultural bases of leadership, Chapter 7 at comparative and international contexts, and Chapter 8 at gender and sexual orientation. Illustrative Cases - Each chapter contains a case with an embedded dilemma similar to those that real-world administrators confront. While illustrating the particular theoretical view presented in the chapter, these cases are sufficiently complex that they lend themselves to interpretation by any of the other theories considered in the book. This book is appropriate for graduate-level courses with titles such as Organizational Theory, Theory of School Leadership, or Introduction to Educational Administration. It might also be used as one of several texts in advanced courses on leadership theory.

Out Of Our Minds

Author : Craig B. Howley
ISBN : 9781618216021
Genre : Education
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This second edition of the often-cited book on anti-intellectualism, Out of Our Minds, focuses on U.S. schools' failure to care for the intellects and talents of all children, gifted children in particular. The revision comprises 10 chapters: (1) what is intellect and why is it important?; (2) the failure to cultivate intellect in American schooling; (3) intellectualism and anti-intellectualism among teachers; (4) families and credentialism; (5) the anti-intellectual university: (6) the anti-intellectual media: (7) anti-intellectual programming for the gifted; (8) ethics, justice, equality, and intellect; (9) where might an intellectual education reside?; and (10) what might an intellectual education look like? The authors provocatively examine issues of poverty, racism, and sexism and look at new information on the roles of higher education, media and technology, privatization, families, and the global economy as they pertain to the education of students in American schools.

Foundations Of Education

Author : Allan Ornstein
ISBN : 9780618904129
Genre : Business & Economics
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Highly respected in the introduction to educational foundations market, Foundations of Education provides a comprehensive overview and analysis of topics and material typically taught in foundations courses. This text is written for the student who is preparing for a teaching career and needs to understand the key educational issues and policies affecting American education. The comprehensive and substantive coverage includes all foundational areas: social, philosophical, historical, political, economic, curricular, and legal. New features in the Tenth Edition provide a greater emphasis on the theme From Pre-Service to Practice, helping the authors fulfill their goal of preparing students for their careers. Connecting to Certification sections prepare students for their certification exams, and From Preservice to Practice case studies highlight real-world classroom practices. For the first time, our award-winning CL Video Cases are fully integrated throughout Foundations of Education. Feature boxes and correlations used throughout the chapter direct students to view the videos on the passkey-protected website. The videos further students' understanding of key foundational concepts while allowing them to view real-life classrooms in action. Important Notice: Media content referenced within the product description or the product text may not be available in the ebook version.

American Book Publishing Record

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ISBN : UOM:39015066180418
Genre : American literature
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The Practice And Theory Of School Improvement

Author : David Hopkins
ISBN : 9781402044526
Genre : Education
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ANDY HARGREAVES Department of Teacher Education, Curriculum and Instruction Lynch School of Education, Boston College, MA, U.S.A. ANN LIEBERMAN Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, Stanford, CA, U.S.A. MICHAEL FULLAN Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto, Canada DAVID HOPKINS Department for Education and Skills, London, U.K. This set of four volumes on Educational Change brings together evidence and insights on educational change issues from leading writers and researchers in the field from across the world. Many of these writers, whose chapters have been specially written for these books, have been investigating, helping initiate and implementing educational change, for most or all of their lengthy careers. Others are working on the cutting edge of theory and practice in educational change, taking the field in new or even more challenging directions. And some are more skeptical about the literature of educational change and the assumptions on which it rests. They help us to approach projects of understanding or initiating educational change more deeply, reflectively and realistically. Educational change and reform have rarely had so much prominence within public policy, in so many different places. Educational change is ubiquitous. It figures large in Presidential and Prime Ministerial speeches. It is at or near the top of many National policy agendas. Everywhere, educational change is not only a policy priority but also major public news. Yet action to bring about educational change usually exceeds people's understanding of how to do so effectively.

Encyclopedia Of Educational Theory And Philosophy

Author : D. C. Phillips
ISBN : 9781483364759
Genre : Education
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Education is a field sometimes beset by theories-of-the-day and with easy panaceas that overpromise the degree to which they can alleviate pressing educational problems. The two-volume Encyclopedia of Educational Theory and Philosophy introduces readers to theories that have stood the test of time and those that have provided the historical foundation for the best of contemporary educational theory and practice. Drawing together a team of international scholars, this invaluable reference examines the global landscape of all the key theories and the theorists behind them and presents them in the context needed to understand their strengths and weaknesses. In addition to interpretations of long-established theories, this work offers essays on cutting-edge research and concise, to-the-point definitions of key concepts, ideas, schools, and figures. Features: Over 300 signed entries by trusted experts in the field are organized into two volumes and overseen by a distinguished General Editor and an international Editorial Board. Entries are followed by cross references and further reading suggestions. A Chronology of Theory within the field of education highlights developments over the centuries; a Reader’s Guide groups entries thematically, and a master Bibliography facilitates further study. The Reader’s Guide, detailed index, and cross references combine for strong search-and-browse capabilities in the electronic version. Available in a choice of print or electronic formats, Encyclopedia of Educational Theory and Philosophy is an ideal reference for anyone interested in the roots of contemporary educational theory.

Developing Resilient Youth

Author : William G. Nicoll, PhD
ISBN : 1458200795
Genre : Education
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Using the most recent research findings on resilience, William Nicoll, PhD, provides educators with a much needed conceptual framework for creating transformative schools and effective classrooms. Developing Resilient Youth suggests that resilience is the missing fourth “R” in education. When combined with “reading, ’riting and ’rithmetic,” resilience can lead to improved academic and social adjustment in our youth. Developing Resilient Youth is the first book in a series designed to help teachers, counselors, and administrators to develop the skills and strategies necessary for creating truly transformative schools. Such schools strive to develop in students both the academic and the social-emotional skills necessary to succeed and make positive contributions to society. One key component in the overall process of developing transformative schools is the teaching of the five essential social-emotional competencies associated with resilient youth: understanding and respecting self and others; empathy; positive communication; cooperation; and responsible contribution. In Developing Resilient Youth, teachers will find fifty classroom learning activities designed to teach these competencies. Each activity is accompanied by suggestions for follow-up classroom learning activities that integrate the concepts with academic subject area instruction as well as parent homework activities so that parents and teachers can begin to collaborate in the process of developing resilient youth. Working together, teachers and parents will learn to effectively assist children and adolescents to become responsible, cooperative, caring, and contributing young adults, ready to succeed in our global society.

The Innovative School

Author : Shlomo Sharan
ISBN : 0897896300
Genre : Education
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Schools are described as social systems whose primary organizational features are closely interrelated. Methods for coordinating these features are presented so schools can restructure their bureaucratic orientation. The interrelated nature of a school's various subsystems is highlighted to point out how they can be coordinated so genuine restructuring can be achieved and maintained. Each model of organization in a school--bureaucratic, systems, and communal--displays its own distinguishing characteristics, and each one governs different aspects of people's behavior in schools. The decisive questions are: which behavioral patterns of the people in the school will be governed by each model, and what will be the relative extent to which each model influences the nature of the relationships and educational processes in the school? Restructured schools emphasize the systems and communal models in their organizational and instructional norms, with bureaucratic norms mainly governing routine administrative procedures, while in traditional schools the bureaucratic model yields decisive influence on curricular structure, classroom teaching models, and staff relations, as well as on administrative features of the school. This book spells out a systems and communal approach to organization, curriculum, and instruction. It describes how to adopt an investigative approach to learning, often with cooperative groups of students, coupled with a trans-disciplinary approach to curricular structure and with a restructured schedule of classes to allow for in-depth study of broad intellectual domains.

Pathways To Thinking Schools

Author : David N. Hyerle
ISBN : 9781412998697
Genre : Education
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Based on the successful, proven Thinking Maps model developed by David Hyerle, this book makes a compelling case for making an explicit focus on thinking the foundation for every school. Enabling all students to become drivers of their own thinking and learning, a Thinking School is defined as an educational community in which all members share a common commitment to giving regular, careful thought to everything that takes place including learning how to think reflectively, critically and creatively.

Pedagogy And Learning With Ict

Author : Bridget Somekh
ISBN : 9781134129898
Genre : Education
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Bridget Somekh draws on her experience of researching the introduction of ICT into education to look at ICT development over the last twenty years. The book provides a fascinating, in-depth analysis of the nature of learning, ICT pedagogies and the processes of change for teachers, schools and education systems. It covers the key issues relating to the innovation of ICT that have arisen over this period, including: the process of change educational vision for ICT teacher motivation and engagement the phenomenon of ‘fit’ to existing practices systemic constraints policy and evaluation of its implementation students’ motivation and engagement the penetration of ICT into the home online learning and the ‘disembodied’ teacher.

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