Search results for: Politics of education
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This work aims to present an alternative vision of teaching, one that the authors call “Teacher as Civic Agent.” This term marks an important theoretical shift from viewing quality teaching and learning as that which prepares students to succeed economically to that which prepares students to become self-actualized and critically empowered civic agents. The authors explore the “Teacher as Civic Agent” through the analysis of the Council of Youth Research. The study seeks to provide a new rationale for democratic teacher education and a revitalization of the civic purposes of schooling. The authors argue for new paradigm of teacher education in which teachers engage with local communities, become producers of knowledge, and work collectively in solidarity with their students to create social change.
Updated: Mar. 03, 2014
This essay describes the approach the U.S. Department of Education has taken in its Increasing Educational Productivity project. The authors argue that the department’s actual practice in this instance has fallen short of the rhetorical embrace of evidence-based decision making.
Updated: Oct. 23, 2013
The author argues that apart from increased visibility, what the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) has brought to education systems in Europe is interdependence. This is because one of the effects of comparison is that it creates representations of educational realities. Furthermore, comparison takes those previously separate and disparate pieces and brings them together into a whole, into one single entity – in the case of PISA, the league table, the report, the speech and so on.
Updated: May. 29, 2013
The authors discuss the dynamic interaction between global policy and knowledge flows in Hungary and Romania. The authors paid special attention to the appropriation of post-bureaucratic regulation tools and the structural changes enhanced by the knowledge transmitted by the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) survey. The authors conclude that the international comparative framework of PISA offers an opportunity to elaborate a differentiated perspective on post-socialist education systems and governance strategies.
Updated: May. 29, 2013
This article examines the intensification and complexity associated with modern accountability systems in education. The article then focuses on the politics of accountability embedded within efforts of Pennsylvania Department of Education to redesign the accreditation process for teacher education programs in Pennsylvania. The Pennsylvania case illustrates some of the ways in which proponents of accountability-based reform have framed the issues and used formal authority to move their agenda forward. However, these policy makers disregard a variety of well-known negative consequences faced by Pennsylvania's public schools, as well as the nature of the proposed solutions. This case study points toward the need for greater openness and cooperation in the policy process.
Updated: Mar. 17, 2013
In this article, The authors identify half a dozen challenges that confront the schooling of children and youth and appeal for teacher educators to lead efforts to address each of these needs. The authors recommend that teacher educators should rethink continually the content of programmes, the way courses are delivered, the suitability of the clinical component and the student teaching experience, and the best ways to assess the impact of the programme.
Updated: Feb. 06, 2013
A Critical Analysis of Sustainability Education in Schooling’s Bureaucracy: Barriers and Small Openings in Teacher Education
In this article, the author reflects on his last 15 years of experience as an environmental education researcher and teacher education faculty member. Through the personal reflections of narrative inquiry, the author observes and interprets the changes he has witnessed and participated in at the state, university, college, and department level, and also on the bureaucratic forces. The author argues that such changes can begin with sustainability-responsive course revisions, and can connect to more significant changes in college and state programs and policies.
Updated: Mar. 12, 2012
In this article, the authors discusses the open method of coordination (OMC) within the Lisbon strategy in terms of a European Space for Education and ‘programme ontology’. The focus is on indicators and the European dimension, and how they ‘work’ in the forming of contents and identities in this European Space for Education.
Updated: Feb. 13, 2012
Internationally Educated Female Teachers in the Neoliberal Context: Their Labour Market and Teacher Certification Experiences in Canada
In this article, the authors consider the difficulties that a group of internationally educated female teachers encountered in the process of seeking certification in the Canadian Maritimes.
Updated: Dec. 29, 2011
The current paper investigates, both theoretically and empirically, the political dimensions of teacher learning. The authors examine this issue through a theoretical work on teacher professional vision, and an empirical study of video-based teacher professional development.
Updated: Dec. 21, 2011