Educating for the Good Life

Educating for the Good Life

by Julie Stradling

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Overview

Stradling describes the findings of her doctoral research into educational philosophy, ethics, and the qualitative study of "real schools" dedicated to value judgment, self-determination, and democratic orientation. She uses as a case study one ethnically- diverse school, which consciously seeks to give students membership in a democratic community while challenging them academically. Led by a veteran staff who stayed on, the result was a school with high standardized test scores, a successful Advanced Placement program, a waiting list, and positive reviews from the educational and outside communities. Although it had its share of problems, including administrative opposition and merging with a traditional school in the district, the program seems to have earned the support of teachers, parents and students. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781572735484
Publisher: Hampton Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 01/01/2004
Series: Understanding Education and Policy Ser.
Pages: 196
Product dimensions: 5.91(w) x 8.66(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Series Preface
1.Beginnings: An Inquiry into Good Schooling1
Introduction1
Background Discussion4
Research Site and Research Questions11
In Summary: Contribution to the Field14
2.Democracy and the Search for Good Schools: A Look at the Literature15
The Requirements of Democracy16
Value Judgment: Exploring Democratic Definitions, Dispositions, and Interactions20
From Theory to Practice: A Look at Good Schooling27
Fast Forward: Questions and Challenges for Tomorrow's Good Schooling35
3.Origins: The History of Cherry Park37
Setting the Stage for Change37
The Founding of the Cherry Park Program39
Putting Theory into Practice: The First Year42
Minding the Middle: The Founding of Parkmont Junior High School46
The Cherry Park Program: Past, Present, Future49
4.Shared Visions and Shifting Sands: Making Sense of Membership in a Democratic Community57
Prelude57
Introduction59
Admissions, Accommodations, and Institutional Identity: Reflections on the Way In61
Making it Work: Socialization and Readjustment in a Democratic Learning Community74
Conclusion80
5.Dimensions of Dialogue: A Look at Town Meeting83
Prelude83
Introduction85
Practices and Procedure86
Raising One's Voice: Making Space in the Democratic Dialogue89
Power to the People: Examining the Complexities of Shared Concerns95
Absence and Opting Out: Challenges to the Dialogical Paradigm100
Conclusion109
6.Achieving a Balance: The Education of Heart and Mind111
Prelude111
Introduction113
Educating Minds: Opportunity, Autonomy, and Adversity115
Educating Hearts: Creating a Humane Learning Environment133
Conclusion140
7.Conclusions: Thoughts on the Process of Good Schooling145
Perspectives at the Pause: The Intersection of Goodness and Democracy145
Democratic Membership149
Democratic Dialogue151
The Education of Heads and Hearts153
Imagining Otherwise: Implications for Further Inquiry and Action156
Appendix IProject Design and Methodology159
Insights on Inquiry159
In the Field: Researching the Cherry Park Program160
Making a Case for the Case Study167
Appendix IISample Interview Questions169
Interview Questions for Teachers and Administrators169
Interview Questions for Students170
References173
Author Index177
Subject Index179

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