Case Studies in Educational Change

Author: David S. G. Carter
Publisher: Psychology Press
ISBN: 075070408X
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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This is the second of a two-volume set offering a series of studies of educational change organized around the three themes: systemic change; from policy to practice; and curriculum contexts. The cases presented in this volume are designed to capture the experience of educational change in specific settings, to contemplate it and portray it in its cross-culture complexity from different contexts and different points of view. These cases are drawn from a period in which political intervention and attempts to control the curriculum are more overt than they have been before. The contributors document government attempts to reform education by legislation, and to harness education to national productivity in manpowering approaches to curriculum. With one or two exceptions, common features of the cases appear to be marginalization of professional educators, corporatization of education systems, instrumentalization of curriculum, and a wilful disregard of anything that might have been learned about education in the last thirty years. In spite of the diversity of origin and approach of the studies, they show common elements of the change process at work, which can be predicted and, once recognized and understood, can be directed and managed more productively.

What Matters in a Research to Practice Cycle

Author: Christine Grima-Farrell
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 9811020876
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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This book introduces a comprehensive RTP Model that reframes research to practice knowledge and inclusive education philosophy to promote the sustained use of research to promote and enhance meaningful education for all students.

The New Handbook of Research on Music Teaching and Learning

Author: Richard Colwell
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0199771529
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Featuring chapters by the world's foremost scholars in music education and cognition, this handbook is a convenient collection of current research on music teaching and learning. This comprehensive work includes sections on arts advocacy, music and medicine, teacher education, and studio instruction, among other subjects, making it an essential reference for music education programs. The original Handbook of Research on Music Teaching and Learning, published in 1992 with the sponsorship of the Music Educators National Conference (MENC), was hailed as "a welcome addition to the literature on music education because it serves to provide definition and unity to a broad and complex field" (Choice). This new companion volume, again with the sponsorship of MENC, explores the significant changes in music and arts education that have taken place in the last decade. Notably, several chapters now incorporate insights from other fields to shed light on multi-cultural music education, gender issues in music education, and non-musical outcomes of music education. Other chapters offer practical information on maintaining musicians' health, training music teachers, and evaluating music education programs. Philosophical issues, such as musical cognition, the philosophy of research theory, curriculum, and educating musically, are also explored in relationship to policy issues. In addition to surveying the literature, each chapter considers the significance of the research and provides suggestions for future study. Covering a broad range of topics and addressing the issues of music education at all age levels, from early childhood to motivation and self-regulation, this handbook is an invaluable resource for music teachers, researchers, and scholars.

Inequality in Education

Author: Donald B. Holsinger
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 9048126525
Format: PDF, ePub
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Inequality in Education: Comparative and International Perspectives is a compilation of conceptual chapters and national case studies that includes a series of methods for measuring education inequalities. The book provides up-to-date scholarly research on global trends in the distribution of formal schooling in national populations. It also offers a strategic comparative and international education policy statement on recent shifts in education inequality, and new approaches to explore, develop and improve comparative education and policy research globally. Contributing authors examine how education as a process interacts with government finance policy to form patterns of access to education services. In addition to case perspectives from 18 countries across six geographic regions, the volume includes six conceptual chapters on topics that influence education inequality, such as gender, disability, language and economics, and a summary chapter that presents new evidence on the pernicious consequences of inequality in the distribution of education. The book offers (1) a better and more holistic understanding of ways to measure education inequalities; and (2) strategies for facing the challenge of inequality in education in the processes of policy formation, planning and implementation at the local, regional, national and global levels.

Reforming Teaching and Teacher Education

Author: Eija Kimonen
ISBN: 9789463009157
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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What are the prerequisites for reforming education, and how can these reforms be seen in school development and culture? How should teacher education support this reform process? What are the principles and practices underlying the functioning of the schools of tomorrow? These questions are examined in this unique volume. The authors in this book argue that the central function of teacher education and education in general is to respond to the challenges brought on by the twenty-first century. According to this approach, the competencies and skills needed in the future are not merely a new addition to school activities, but rather something requiring a comprehensive reform of school culture encompassing teacher education, curricula, and teaching methods. Such a fundamental process of change in the action and thinking models used by schools would be an effort to achieve a complete transformation, the result of which would be schools developing into organizations that are both creative and imbued with a strong sense of community. A central attribute is that the creation of new knowledge is not just restricted to the classroom but also takes place in out-of-school environments. This would link learning to its natural context, eventually leading to an ideal instruction that is actively problem oriented, holistic, and life centered. This reform-minded volume is divided into three parts. The first part focuses on the reform processes in teacher education, the second on the reforms of pedagogics at schools and teacher education institutions, and the third on the processes of reculturing schools. New prospects for active schools in the United States and Europe, as well as in Japan and China, are discussed.