Hugging the Middle-How Teachers Teach in an Era of Testing and Accountability

Hugging the Middle-How Teachers Teach in an Era of Testing and Accountability

by Larry Cuban
     
 

ISBN-10: 0807749362

ISBN-13: 9780807749364

Pub. Date: 01/12/2009

Publisher: Teachers College Press

Larry Cuban's How Teachers Taught has been widely acclaimed as a pathbreaking text on the history and evolution of classroom teaching. Now Cuban brings his great experience as a classroom teacher, superintendent, and researcher to this highly anticipated follow-up to his groundbreaking work. Focusing on three diverse school districts (Arlington, Virginia; Denver,…  See more details below

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Larry Cuban's How Teachers Taught has been widely acclaimed as a pathbreaking text on the history and evolution of classroom teaching. Now Cuban brings his great experience as a classroom teacher, superintendent, and researcher to this highly anticipated follow-up to his groundbreaking work. Focusing on three diverse school districts (Arlington, Virginia; Denver, Colorado; Oakland, California), Hugging the Middle offers an incisive portrayal of how teachers teach now. It is a revealing look at a range of current, workable pedagogical options educators are using to engage students while satisfying parents and policymakers—options that succeed by creating hybrid practices that combine both teacher-centered approaches (e.g., mostly direct instruction, textbooks, lectures) with student-centered ones (e.g., team projects on real-world problems, independent learning, small-groupwork). This book serves as a state-of-the-profession assessment in an era of top-down educational policy.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807749364
Publisher:
Teachers College Press
Publication date:
01/12/2009
Pages:
112
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

1 Standards-Based Reform and Test-Driven Accountability 13

2 Teaching in High-Minority, High-Poverty and Low-Minority, Low-Poverty Schools 33

3 Technology Access and Use in Three School Districts 42

4 Can Teaching Traditions Be Linked to Student Learning? 49

5 Summing Up and Reflections 62

Appendix Research Design and Methodology: Rational and Limitations 71

Notes 79

References 87

Index 99

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