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Making a Difference: Developing Meaningful Careers in Education
     

Making a Difference: Developing Meaningful Careers in Education

by Brad Olsen, Karen Hunter Quartz, Lauren Anderson, Kimberly Barraza Lyons
 

Our culture and media often simplify the choice many educators face-to stay in or leave classroom teaching. Written for teachers and other educational professionals, this book dispels this simple dichotomy by representing the range of responses and career pathways that enable educators to make a difference. Based on interviews with hundreds of change-minded

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Our culture and media often simplify the choice many educators face-to stay in or leave classroom teaching. Written for teachers and other educational professionals, this book dispels this simple dichotomy by representing the range of responses and career pathways that enable educators to make a difference. Based on interviews with hundreds of change-minded educators, Making a Difference shares career stories and insights against a backdrop that maps out the complexities, roles, and structures that define professional advancement in education.

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Making a Difference is an easy-to-read book that gets at much of the complexity of what it means to “stay in” or “leave” teaching. This book makes it clear that this kind of simple distinction will no longer work to answer the most troubling – and the most important – questions related to teacher career trajectories. This book will make a significant contribution to the literature.”

—Marilyn Cochran-Smith
Making a Difference is an easy-to-read book that gets at much of the complexity of what it means to “stay in” or “leave” teaching. This book makes it clear that this kind of simple distinction will no longer work to answer the most troubling – and the most important – questions related to teacher career trajectories. This book will make a significant contribution to the literature.”

—Marilyn Cochran-Smith
Making a Difference is an easy-to-read book that gets at much of the complexity of what it means to “stay in” or “leave” teaching. This book makes it clear that this kind of simple distinction will no longer work to answer the most troubling – and the most important – questions related to teacher career trajectories. This book will make a significant contribution to the literature.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781594517082
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
08/28/2010
Series:
Teacher's Toolkit
Pages:
168
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.40(d)

Meet the Author

Karen Hunter Quartz is Director of Research at UCLA’s Center X and is currently working on the design of a new school, UCLA Community School, in central Los Angeles.

Brad Olsen is Associate Professor of Education at the University of California–Santa Cruz. His research focuses primarily on teachers, teaching, and teacher education. Dr. Olsen previously worked as a high school English teacher, school administrator, and teacher educator. He is the author of Teaching What They Learn, Learning What They Live: How Teachers’ Personal Histories Shape Their Professional Development (Paradigm Publishers 2008).

Lauren Anderson is Assistant Professor at the University of Southern California’s Rossier School of Education. She is coauthor of Making a Difference: Developing Meaningful Careers in Education.

Kimberly Barraza Lyons completed her Ph.D. in Urban Schooling at UCLA and is currently pursuing multiple roles as a researcher, university lecturer, school board president, and high school Spanish teacher.

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