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Different by Design: The Context and Character of Three Magnet Schools / Edition 1

Different by Design: The Context and Character of Three Magnet Schools / Edition 1

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Back in print for use in your courses, this classic text features a new introduction by the author that situates the book in the context of present-day educational debates. This historic study analyzes the organizational and political pressures that combined to make three magnet schools distinctive social environments -- a rare glimpse at the critical processes with which teachers and students in both "regular" schools and schools of choice must constantly struggle. In her new introduction, Metz discusses many of today's hot topics, including school choice, curricular reform, and school equity. She also looks at what has transpired in the school district and the schools since her study was first published two decades ago. The depth of detail in these case studies, along with the clear and systematic discussion of each school in terms of the theoretical framework provided by the author, make this a sought-after textbook for educational policy and school organization courses.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780807743447
Publisher: Teachers College Press
Publication date: 08/01/2003
Series: Sociology of Education Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.76(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction to the Teachers College Press Editionvii
Themes Still Under Active Discussionix
Themes Currently Little Discussedxiii
School Organization, Standardization, and Equality--Revisitedxv
The Heartland School District and Its Schools--An Updatexxi
Chapter 1Introduction1
Purpose of the Book1
The City of Heartland4
The Court Order and the Founding of Magnet Schools9
The Schools Studied11
Methods of Research13
Chapter 2The School System's Influence on the Magnet Schools15
The Political Context of the Magnet Schools15
The Multiple Missions of the Magnet Schools27
System Level Constraints on the Design and Practice of the Magnet Schools31
Chapter 3Organizational Processes and Life Within the Schools39
Relationships Between Teachers and Students and Among Students39
Principal-Teacher Relations45
Technology and Logistics as Influences in the Life of a School50
The Development of Meaning in School Life--Faculty Cultures53
Chapter 4Adams Avenue School for Individually Guided Education57
Environmental Influences57
School Character63
Technological and Logistical Influences on School Character72
Faculty Culture and School Character82
The Exercise of Power and School Character90
Summary and Implications100
Chapter 5Jesse Owens Open Education School104
Environmental Influences104
School Character117
Technological and Logistical Influences on School Character124
Faculty Culture and School Character135
The Exercise of Power and School Character143
Summary and Implications150
Chapter 6Horace Mann School for the Gifted and Talented154
Environmental Influences154
School Character165
Technological and Logistical Influences on School Character174
Faculty Culture and School Character185
The Exercise of Power and School Character197
Summary and Implications202
Chapter 7Lessons from the Heartland Schools207
The Potentialities of Magnet Schools207
The Internal Lives of Magnet Schools--Creating School Character211
The Importance of Pride in the Life of City Schools222
Appendix ATime Line of Events227
Appendix BThe Methodological Approach233
Data Collection233
The Researcher's Influence on the Research236

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