Critical Voices In School Reform / Edition 1

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Overview

School reform of one kind or another is a priority for education systems the world over. Yet the voices of students - those most affected by, and most pivotal to, the success or failure of any program of school reform - are rarely heard on this topic. This is the first book to look at school reform from the perspective of the students. The studies included in this collection focus on reform initiatives aimed at overcoming persistent patterns of racial, class and gender inequality. The authors combine the theoretical aspects of research with its practical applications, making this an invaluable resource for teacher educators, classroom practitioners, researchers and policymakers.

Critical Voices in School Reform: Students Living Through Change is divided into two parts. Part one describes and analyses programs of reform that turned out contrary to the intentions of adult reformers, illustrating the - often unspoken - tension between adult and student perspectives on school change. Part two looks at reform initiatives that were able to harness student energies and thereby improve pupils' engagement with school life. These reforms, which are finely attuned to the needs and interests of students, offer clear, valuable guidance to those trying to create more equitable school experiences. A concluding chapter draws together the themes and insights gained from looking at school reform through a student-centred lens and offers suggestions for more relevant and lasting reform.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415302678
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 8/22/2003
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 232
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Meet the Author

Beth C. Rubin is Assistant Professor in the Graduate School of Education at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. Elena M. Silva is Director of Research for the American Association of University Women.

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Table of Contents

Contributors
Foreword
Acknowledgements
Introduction: missing voices: listening to students' experiences with school reform 1
1 Struggling for inclusion: a case study of students as reform partners 11
2 On different tracks: students living detracking reform at a diverse urban high school 31
3 "There's not really discussion happening": students' experiences of identity-based curricular reform 55
4 Constructing and resisting a theory of difference: student experiences in California's Single Gender Academies 72
5 Helping, bluffing, and doing portfolios in a high school geometry classroom 92
6 Apprenticing urban youth as critical researchers: implications for increasing equity and access in diverse urban schools 113
7 "Here it's more like your house": the proliferation of authentic caring as school reform at El Puente Academy for Peace and Justice 132
8 The color line in student achievement: how can small learning communities make a difference? 152
9 "We have a motion on the floor": Montclair High School and the Civics and Government Institute 171
10 "I'm not getting any F's": what "at risk" students say about the support they need 188
Conclusion: the dilemmas and possibilities of student-centered school reform research 208
Index 214
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