School Trouble

Author: Deborah Youdell
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1136884181
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This book sets out a series of possible approaches to pursuing social justice in and through educational settings. It identifies a series of key features of the contemporary political, theoretical and popular landscape in relation to school practice.

Curriculuminnovation durch partnerschaftliches schulisches Handeln

Author: Manfred Lang
Publisher: Waxmann Verlag
ISBN: 3830986432
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Heutzutage beherrschen internationale Vergleichsstudien und davon abgeleitete Systeme der Qualitätskontrolle extern geplante schulische Reformprozesse. Angesichts globaler Marktrhetorik und neoliberaler Verdinglichung stellt sich die Frage nach der Beteiligung auch von Lehrkräften an einer diskursiven Verständigung über inhaltliche, aber auch sozio-kulturelle und moralische Grundlagen der Schulpraxis. Entsprechende schulnahe curriculare Fragen und deren Beantwortung durch partnerschaftliche Diskurse werden heute in politischen Prozessen kaum in Erwägung gezogen. Daher ist hier das zentrale Thema die Teilnahme und aktive Professionalisierung der Lehrkräfte als Subjekte und Agenten in kollaborativen Partnerschaften. Das Forschungsgebiet schulnaher Partnerschaften als Bestandteil curricularer Innovationen ist relativ neu und wenig erkundet. Hierfür wird ein umfassendes Konzept der Innovation in der Schulpraxis verwendet, das auf der Tätigkeitstheorie von Engeström (2001) basiert und sich auf Prozesse der Verständigung durch Boundary Crossing zwischen Partnern aus verschiedenen Communities wie die der Lehrkräfte, Lehrerbildner, Wissenschaftler und kommunalen und anderen Einrichtungen bezieht. Dieses Konzept wurde in verschiedenen Projekten erarbeitet und umgesetzt, die Einblicke in curriculare Prozesse von Veränderungen durch schulnahe Partnerschaften geben. Dr. Manfred Lang, now retired, was senior researcher of the Leibniz Institute for Science Education (IPN) at the University of Kiel, Germany from 1971 until 2008. He studied psychology at the universities in Kiel and Hamburg in Germany and Yale in the USA. He coordinated and conducted research in international, European and German studies such as the IEA study "Computers in Education", the OECD study "Science, Mathematics and Technology Education' the European projects FAST-TECNET (Technology, Education and Culture Network), STEDE (Science Teacher Education development in Europe), SOL (Selbstorganisiertes Lernen in der Kernregion Schleswig-Holstein), CROSSNET (Crossing Boundaries in Science Teacher Education) and GIMMS (Gender, Innovation and Mentoring in Mathematics and Science). From each of these projects many presentations and symposia in conferences were offered and articles and books published. He co-edited Crossing Boundaries in Science Teacher Education (2012) published by Münster: Waxmann.

Teacher Education and the Political

Author: Matthew Clarke
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISBN: 1317555694
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Teacher Education and the Political is a striking book which addresses the nature and purpose of teacher education in a global context characterised by economic and political anxieties around declining productivity and social inclusion. These anxieties are manifested in recent policy developments such as the promotion of professional standards, the deregulation and marketisation of teacher education and the imposition of performance-related regimes that tie teachers’ pay to outcomes in high-stakes testing. The book assesses the implications of such policies for the work of teachers as well as for teacher educators and those undertaking initial teacher training. It is argued that these policy moves can be read as a depoliticising and de-intellectualising of teacher education. In this context, they illustrate how contemporary theory can provide a language for critiquing recent developments and imagining new trajectories for policy and practice in teacher education. Drawing on the work of theorists from Derrida and Mouffe to Agamben and Lacan, this book argues for the need to maintain a space for intellectual autonomy as a critical dimension of the ethico-political work of teachers. Together these ideas and analyses provide examples of the power of negative thinking, illustrating its capacity to unsettle comfortable truths and foreground the political nature of teacher education. Current teachers, teacher educators and school leaders will be particularly interested readers, alongside those concerned with policy in the wider educational landscape.

Religion in the Primary School

Author: Peter Hemming
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1134700024
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Religion and its relationship to schooling is an issue that has become more and more topical in recent years. In many countries, developments such as the diversification of state school sectors, concerns about social cohesion between ethnic and religious groups, and debates about national identity and values have raised old and new questions about the role of religion in education. Whilst the significance of this issue has been reflected in renewed interest from the academic community, much of this work has continued to be based around theoretical or pedagogical debates and stances, rather than evidence-based empirical research. This book aims to address this gap by exploring the social and political role of religion in the context of the primary school. Drawing on original ethnographic research with a child-centred orientation, comparisons are drawn between Community and Roman Catholic primary schools situated within a multi-faith urban area in the UK. In doing so, the study explores a number of ways in which religion has the potential to contribute to everyday school life, including through school ethos and values, inter-pupil relations, community cohesion and social identity and difference. At the centre of the analysis are two key sociological debates about the significance of religion in late modern societies. The first is concerned with the place of religion in public life and the influence of secularisation and post-secularism on the relationship between religion and schooling. The second relates to the increasingly multi-faith nature of many national populations and the implications for religious citizenship in educational settings. Religion in the Primary School will be a useful resource for academics, researchers and students as a key addition to existing knowledge in the disciplines of education, sociology and human geography. It will also be of value to both policy-makers and educationalists interested in the role of religion in schools and the implications for the wider community and society in a range of national contexts.

Inner city Kids

Author: Alice Mcintyre
Publisher: NYU Press
ISBN: 9780814756355
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Urban teens of color are often portrayed as welfare mothers, drop outs, drug addicts, and both victims and perpetrators of the many kinds of violence which can characterize life in urban areas. Although urban youth often live in contexts which include poverty, unemployment, and discrimination, they also live with the everydayness of school, friends, sex, television, music, and other elements of teenage lives. Inner City Kids explores how a group of African American, Jamaican, Puerto Rican, and Haitian adolescents make meaning of and respond to living in an inner-city community. The book focuses on areas of particular concern to the youth, such as violence, educational opportunities, and a decaying and demoralizing urban environment characterized by trash, pollution, and abandoned houses. McIntyre's work with these teens draws upon participatory action research, which seeks to codevelop programs with study participants rather than for them.

Postfeminist Education

Author: Jessica Ringrose
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 0415557488
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This book challenges a contemporary postfeminist sensibility grounded not only in assumptions that gender and sexual equality has been achieved in many Western contexts, but that feminism has gone 'too far' with women and girls now overtaking men and boys - positioned as the new victims of gender transformations. The book is the first to outline and critique how educational discourses have directly fed into postfeminist anxieties, exploring three postfeminist panics over girls and girlhood that circulate widely in the international media and popular culture. First it explores how a masculinity crisis over failing boys in school has spawned a backlash discourse about overly successful girls; second it looks at how widespread anxieties over girls becoming excessively mean and/or violent have positioned female aggression as pathological; third it examines how incessant concerns over controlling risky female sexuality underpin recent sexualisation of girls' moral panics. The book outlines how these postfeminist panics over girlhood have influenced educational policies and practices in areas such as academic achievement, anti-bullying strategies and sex-education curriculum, making visible the new postfeminist, sexual politics of schooling. Moving beyond media or policy critique, however, this book offers new theoretical and methodological tools for researching postfeminism, girlhood and education. It engages with current theoretical debates over possibilities for girls' agency and empowerment in postfeminist, neo-liberal contexts of sexual regulation. It also elaborates new psychosocial and feminist Deleuzian methodological approaches for mapping subjectivity, affectivity and social change. Drawing on two UK empirical research projects exploring teen-aged girls' own perspectives and responses to postfeminist panics, the book shows how real girls are actually negotiating notions of girls as overly successful, mean, violent, aggressive and sexual. The data offers rich insight into girls' gendered, raced and classed experiences at school and beyond, exploring teen peer cultures, friendship, offline and online sexual identities, and bullying and cyberbullying. The analysis illuminates how and when girls take up and identify with postfeminist trends, but also at times attempt to re-work, challenge and critique the contradictory discourses of girlhood and femininity. In this sense the book offers an opportunity for girls to 'talk back' to the often simplistic either wildly celebratory or crisis-based sensationalism of postfeminist panics over girlhood. This book will be essential reading for those interested in feminism, girlhood, media studies, gender and education.

Education and Masculinities

Author: Chris Haywood
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1136730818
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Argues that the relationship between education and masculinities needs to be considered within the ‘bigger picture’ of local and global-based changes in society.

Leadership for Change and School Reform

Author: Kathryn Riley
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1134586701
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School reform is a top priority for governments today. This timely and challenging book, edited by leading international researchers, Kathryn Riley and Karen Seashore Louis, offers a rich comparative perspective on leadership for change and school reform. Contributors form North America, Europe and Australia demonstrate how school leadership is influenced by global pressures, differing national and state contexts and local concerns. They illustrate the limitations of reform initiatives which focus on school leaders tot he exclusion of the many other organisations which affect school, such as national and local governments, professional associations and school communities. This book raises some important questions such as: *How can school leaders create intelligent, thinking schools? *How can leadership and learning be linked together? *What are the characteristics of effective local education authorities and school districts? *What is the role of teacher organisations in educational reform and change? *What happens if businesses, teachers, parents and local communities have different views of what makes a good school? The text illustrates the ways in which leadership is rooted in learning, and identifies new directions for school leadership. It challenges conventional notions of leadership, offering an expanded view, which sees leadership just as an individual role-based function, but as a network of relationships among people, structures and cultures. This lively and provocative book should be read by all those interested in education reform.

Handbook of Research in the Social Foundations of Education

Author: Steven Tozer
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 113528380X
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Parts one and two of this volume present the theoretical lenses used to study the social contexts of education. These include long-established foundations disciplines such as sociology of education and philosophy of education as well as newer theoretical perspectives such as critical race theory, feminist educational theory, and cultural studies in education. Parts three, four, and five demonstrate how these theoretical lenses are used to examine such phenomena as globalization, media, popular culture, technology, youth culture, and schooling. This groundbreaking volume helps readers understand the history, evolution, and significance of this wide-ranging, often misunderstood, and increasingly important field of study. This book is appropriate as a reference volume not only for scholars in the social foundations of education but also for scholars interested in the cultural contexts of teaching and learning (formal and informal). It is also appropriate as a textbook for graduate-level courses in Social Foundations of Education, School and Society, Educational Policy Studies, Cultural Studies in Education, and Curriculum and Instruction.