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The Crisis of Connection: Roots, Consequences, and Solutions

Editor: Niobe Way
Editor: Alisha Ali
Editor: Carol Gilligan
Editor: Pedro Noguera
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Since the beginning of the 21st century, people have become increasingly disconnected from themselves, each other, and the world around them. A “crisis of connection” stemming from growing alienation, social isolation, and fragmentation characterizes modern society. The signs of this “crisis of connection” are everywhere, from decreasing levels of empathy and trust, to burgeoning cases of suicide, depression and loneliness. The astronomical rise in inequality around the world has contributed to the critical nature of this moment. 

To delve into the heart of the crisis, leading researchers and practitioners draw from the science of human connection to tell a five-part story about its roots, consequences, and solutions. In doing so, they reveal how we, in modern society, have been captive to a false story about who we are as human. This false narrative that takes individualism as a universal truth, has contributed to many of the problems that we currently face. The new story now emerging from across the human sciences underscores our social and emotional capacities and needs. The science also reveals the ways in which the privileging of the self over relationships and of individual success over the common good as well as the perpetuation of dehumanizing stereotypes have led to a crisis of connection that is now widespread. Finally, the practitioners in the volume present concrete solutions that show ways we can create a more just and humane world. 

In these divisive times, The Crisis of Connection is an essential resource for bridging the political, religious, identity-based, and ideological gaps among individuals and communities. By exposing the barriers that stand in the way of our human desire to live in connection with ourselves and each other, this book illuminates concrete pathways to enhancing our awareness of our common humanity.

Publisher: NYU Press
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The Critical Advantage: Developing Critical Thinking Skills in School

Author: William T. Gormley
Abstract: In The Critical Advantage, noted scholar and early childhood expert William T. Gormley, Jr. takes a wide-ranging look at the important role of critical thinking in preparing students for college, careers, and civic life.
 
Drawing on research from psychology, philosophy, business, political science, neuroscience, and other disciplines, he offers a contemporary definition of critical thinking and its relationship to other forms of thinking, including creative thinking and problem solving. When defined broadly and taught early, he argues, critical thinking is a “potential cure for some of the biggest problems we face as a nation,” including education deficits, employment deficits, and the recent surge of partisanship in democratic politics. While there are encouraging signs—the Common Core State Standards have drawn attention to the importance of critical thinking—recent efforts have been too narrowly focused on improving textual analysis in high school. Those who might benefit the most from curricula prioritizing critical thinking, including disadvantaged students, are less likely to be represented in courses and other activities that encourage this skill.
 
Gormley argues for prioritizing critical thinking skills in PreK–12. He takes readers into innovative classrooms around the country, including schools in Pennsylvania, Oklahoma, and Virginia, and offers specific recommendations for promoting critical thinking and embedding it across the curriculum.
Publisher: Harvard Education Press
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The Deepest Well: Healing the Long-Term Effects of Childhood Adversity

Author: Nadine Burke Harris
Abstract: Dr. Nadine Burke Harris was already known as a crusading physician delivering targeted care to vulnerable children. But it was Diego—a boy who had stopped growing after a sexual trauma—who galvanized her to dig deeper into the connections between toxic stress and the lifelong illnesses she was tracking among so many of her patients and their families. A survey of more than 17,000 adult patients’ “adverse childhood experiences,” or ACEs, like divorce, substance abuse, or neglect, had proved that the higher a person’s ACE score the worse their health—and now led Burke Harris to an astonishing breakthrough. Childhood stress changes our neural systems and lasts a lifetime. 
 
Through storytelling that delivers both scientific insight and moving stories of personal impact, Burke Harris illuminates her journey of discovery, from research labs nationwide to her own pediatric practice in San Francisco’s Bayview-Hunters Point. For anyone who has faced a difficult childhood, or who cares about the millions of children who do, the innovative and acclaimed health interventions outlined in The Deepest Well will represent vitally important hope for change. 
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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The Educational Leader's Guide to Improvement Science: Data, Design and Cases for Reflection

Editor: Robert Crow
Editor: Brandi Nicole Hinnant-Crawford
Editor: Dean T. Spaulding
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The Educational Leader’s Guide to Improvement Science: Data, Design and Cases for Reflection is a collection illustrating applied organizational problem-solving using methods of improvement science in educational leadership. Early chapters introduce improvement science and then the reader is led through a logical sequence of inquiry, presented with cases of educational dilemma matched with principles of improvement science and provided examples of research methodology applied in context. Because improvement science research is so quickly becoming a signature pedagogy and core subject area of inquiry in the field of educational leadership, the literature is still scant in its coverage of improvement science models; it is the purpose of this publication to fill the void by providing concrete examples, through case studies, of instances where improvement research methods and analyses can be embedded to enhance and strengthen efforts at organizational improvement. This text concentrates on the elements faculty, students, and administrators need; specific models where improvement science frameworks enhance the reliability and validity of improvement or quality enhancement efforts.

Publisher: Myers Education Press
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The Empowered University: Shared Leadership, Culture Change, and Academic Success

Author: Freeman A. Hrabowski
Abstract: In The Empowered University, Hrabowski and coauthors Philip J. Rous and Peter H. Henderson probe the way senior leaders, administrators, staff, faculty, and students facilitate academic success by cultivating an empowering institutional culture and broad leadership for innovation. They examine how shared leadership enables an empowered campus to tackle tough issues by taking a hard look in the mirror, noting strengths and weaknesses while assessing opportunities and challenges.
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
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The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA): What It Means for Schools, Systems, and States

Editor: Frederick M. Hess
Abstract: This volume provides a thematic and in-depth analysis of the central provisions of this landmark legislation, presenting a range of perspectives. The contributors—leading researchers, policy analysts, and journalists—explore the conflicts and compromises that shaped the emerging law, outline its core provisions, and trace its implications for urban districts, states, and the federal government. Complementing these descriptions are chapters presenting opposing viewpoints on the law’s merits and its ramifications for future reform efforts.
 
Enacted in December 2015, ESSA represents a major shift of the federal role in education, and its provisions touch on almost every aspect of education policy. Yet it arrived in something of a whirlwind, and scholars, advocates, and policy makers are struggling to make sense of this new act. By bringing together leading thinkers to make sense of this important law, The Every Student Succeeds Act provides a solid foundation for scholars, advocates, and policy makers as they begin to navigate a new era in education policy.
Publisher: Harvard Education Press
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The Family Link to Education: The Road to Personal and Professional Success

Author: Rex A. Holiday
Author: Steve Sonntag
Abstract: The Family Link to Education: The Road to Personal and Professional Success is a source of information that is current and relevant for families, educators and communities that want to provide the best possible opportunities for the up and coming generations. Beginning with the family, the book gets right at the root of how the future leaders, entrepreneurs, and educators of our local, national and worldwide communities are molded by early childhood influences. The book offers many suggestions to those who (by right or circumstance) have dibs on the earliest intellectual development of children.
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
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The First 100 Days in the Main Office: Transforming A School Culture

Author: Alan C. Jones
Abstract: This book presents a series of cultural situations that could occur within the first 100 days of a school year: responding to entrenched vocabularies and behaviors, addressing professional and instructional bad habits, enacting alternative teaching scripts, leveraging a policy blindside, redefining the goals and practices of teams, and implementing outside-the-box programs. Each cultural situation offers a new school leader the opportunity to redefine the goals, values, and practices of an entrenched school culture—the Central High way. Administrators reading the title of this book may view 100 days as an arbitrary number picked out of administrative thin air. I argue that disrupting and replacing organizational and instructional routines is a race against time. Every school day that goes by without some sign of creative destruction is one more day that comfortable organizational and instructional routines live on in main offices and classrooms. For the question: “What would you do in the first day in your new office to change your school’s culture?” the most common responses involve reviewing district documents, touring facilities, meeting staff, listening to stakeholders and managing systems. School leaders populate their responses with the current jargon of school reform: learning communities, data mining, standards-based curriculum, differentiated learning, common core standards, formative assessment, race to the top, continuous improvement, etc. While these responses encompass reasonable behaviors on the first day in the main office, not one of these actions possesses the capacity to connect educational values expressed in school mission statements—why are we here—to daily organizational and instructional routines. Each activity gives the appearance of leading, but produces no connections between beliefs, values, and practices. Although none of these responses would make or break a school culture, they do represent a pattern of thinking and behaving that holds out little possibility of fundamentally changing a school’s culture.
Publisher: Information Age
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The Gender Effect: Capitalism, Feminism, and the Corporate Policies of Development

Author: Kathryn Moeller
Abstract: Drawing on more than a decade of research in the United States and Brazil, this book focuses on how the philanthropic, social responsibility, and business practices of various corporations use a logic of development that positions girls and women as instruments of poverty alleviation and new frontiers for capitalist accumulation. Using the Girl Effect, the philanthropic brand of Nike, Inc., as a central case study, the book examines how these corporations seek to address the problems of gendered poverty and inequality, yet do so using an instrumental logic that shifts the burden of development onto girls and women without transforming the structural conditions that produce poverty. 
Publisher: University of California Press
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The Growing OutofSchool Time Field: Past, Present, and Future

Editor: Helen Janc Malone
Editor: Tara Donahue
Abstract: Leading OST experts explore latest knowledge, intentionally bridging research and practice, and propose new areas of inquiry within each of the following six sections: OST as a vehicle for young people’s development; socio-cultural dimensions of OST; professional development within OST; research- and evaluation-informed field; OST advocacy; and future directions for the OST field. The OST field has grown considerably over the last two decades. Today, we have the frameworks, practice- and research-based knowledge and tools, and burgeoning paths to advance the field across multiple dimensions: demographic, stakeholder groups, contexts, systems and sectors, and disciplines. The hallmark of the OST field has been the ability to remain agile and adaptable to change in a way that complements the field and supports all children and young people in diverse ways. This anthology is designed to be a platform for research-practice discussions and future directions that could further grow, sustain, and improve the field. We hope this book inspires both reflections and conversations on the OST field.
Publisher: Information Age
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The Impoverishment of the American College Student

Author: James V. Koch
Abstract: Higher education funding and tuition and fee inflation are complicated matters that very few people understand well. The Impoverishment of the American College Student clarifies the central issues and provides plentiful data to support its key points. It is a must-read for anyone who believes that maintaining access to and the affordability of public colleges are vitally important to our society's future.
Publisher: Brookings Institution Press
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The Intellectual Properties of Learning: A Prehistory from Saint Jerome to John Locke

Author: John Willinsky
Abstract: Providing a sweeping millennium-plus history of the learned book in the West, John Willinsky puts current debates over intellectual property into context, asking what it is about learning that helped to create the concept even as it gave the products of knowledge a different legal and economic standing than other sorts of property.
 
Willinsky begins with Saint Jerome in the fifth century, then traces the evolution of reading, writing, and editing practices in monasteries, schools, universities, and among independent scholars through the medieval period and into the Renaissance. He delves into the influx of Islamic learning and the rediscovery of classical texts, the dissolution of the monasteries, and the founding of the Bodleian Library before finally arriving at John Locke, whose influential lobbying helped bring about the first copyright law, the Statute of Anne of 1710. Willinsky’s bravura tour through this history shows that learning gave rise to our idea of intellectual property while remaining distinct from, if not wholly uncompromised by, the commercial economy that this concept inspired, making it clear that today’s push for marketable intellectual property threatens the very nature of the quest for learning on which it rests.
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
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The Internal Coherence Framework: Creating the Conditions for Continuous Improvement in Schools

Author: Michelle L. Forman
Author: Elizabeth Leisy Stosich
Author: Candice Bocala
Abstract: The Internal Coherence Framework presents a system of research-based practices for assessing and developing the conditions that support adult and student learning in schools.

Internal coherence is defined as the ability of educators in a school or system to connect and align resources to carry out an improvement strategy, engage in collective learning, and use that learning to provide students with richer educational opportunities. The internal coherence framework featured in the book brings together three important domains of research: leadership for learning, organizational improvement, and instructional efficacy.
 
School or system leaders who progress through this book with colleagues will develop a shared vision for ambitious teaching and learning anchored in the instructional core; organize the work of the leadership and teacher teams to advance this vision; and build psychologically safe team, school, and system cultures to support the risk taking and constructive challenges necessary to move schools or systems to the next level of performance.

At the heart of the book is a survey and rubric that can help schools better understand their strengths and weaknesses and the kinds of resources they need to support student learning. The book blends theory and practice to bring tested wisdom to bear on critical issues of education leadership and professional learning.
Publisher: Harvard Education Press
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The Meaningful Writing Project: Learning, Teaching and Writing in Higher Education

Author: Michele Eodice
Author: Anne Ellen Geller
Author: Neal Lerner
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In the face of the continuing discourse of crisis in US education, The Meaningful Writing Project offers readers an affirming story of writing in higher education that shares students’ experiences in their own voices. In presenting the results of a three-year study consisting of surveys and interviews of university seniors and their faculty across three diverse institutions, authors Michele Eodice, Anne Ellen Geller, and Neal Lerner consider students’ perceptions of their meaningful writing experiences, the qualities of those experiences, and instructors’ perspectives on assignment design and delivery.

This study confirms that meaningful assignments offer students opportunities to engage with instructors, peers, and texts and are relevant to past experiences and passions as well as to future aspirations and identities. Meaningful writing occurs across majors, in both required and elective courses, and beyond students’ years at college. Additionally, the study makes clear that faculty across the curriculum devote significant care and attention to creating writing assignments that support student learning, as they understand writing performance to be a developmental process connected to overall cognitive and social development, student engagement with learning, and success in a wide variety of disciplines and professions.

The Meaningful Writing Project provides writing center directors, WPAs, other composition scholars, and all faculty interested in teaching and learning with writing an unprecedented look into the writing projects students find meaningful.

Publisher: Utah State University Press
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The New Brazilian University – A busca por resultados comercializáveis: Para quem?

Author: João dos Reis Silva Júnior
Abstract: Este livro versa sobre um assunto de extrema atualidade. Trata-se do momentoso tema da mercantilização da educação, de modo geral, e do ensino superior, em particular. Seu autor, João dos Reis Silva Júnior, vem se dedicando ao desenvolvimento de pesquisas sobre essa temática há mais de vinte anos individualmente e em colaboração com outros pesquisadores. Podemos considerar que o problema motivador das pesquisas de João dos Reis é a necessidade de compreender, em profundidade, a metamorfose pela qual vem passando o modelo de universidade no Brasil na contemporaneidade. Este livro é precioso porque seu autor não se contenta em proclamar e denunciar o avassalador processo de mercantilização do ensino, de modo geral, mas principalmente do ensino superior. Seu intento é perquirir o fenômeno penetrando nos meandros do referido processo de mercantilização para fazer emergir o modo de constituição e de funcionamento da nova universidade que vem se instituindo no Brasil em sintonia com a tendência mundial de que é expressão hegemônica a universidade estadunidense. Neste contexto, o Estado brasileiro, por meio de vários governos de diferentes partidos, vem implantando nas últimas décadas um conjunto de dispositivos legais que procuram aproximar, como já anunciava FHC em seu discurso de dezembro de 1994, as pesquisas empreendidas nas instituições de ensino superior, especialmente na pós-graduação, do setor produtivo. E, ao mesmo tempo, no longo prazo, tem reorganizado suas práticas segundo a mesma racionalidade. A mercantilização permeia todo tipo de prática e política institucional na universidade, tal qual a New American University, lembrando que, em face da nova divisão do trabalho acadêmico, o sucesso brasileiro reverte em vantagens para os países de economia central, com destaque para os Estados Unidos. Desta forma, procura-se alicerçar a pesquisa de suportes institucionais que a condicionam às demandas do setor produtivo, que, em face da forma como se adere à predominância financeira, resulta em cultura rentista e ancora na dívida pública para a administração monetária, favorece-se a economia e a educação superior dos países centrais”.
Publisher: Projeto Editorial Praxis
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The Online Classroom: Resources for Effective Middle Level Virtual Education

Editor: Brooke B. Eisenbach
Editor: Paula Greathouse
Abstract: As students exchange classroom interaction for online collaboration, pencils for keyboards, face-to-face conversations for chat room texts, and traditional lessons for digital modules, it becomes apparent that teachers, schools, and administrators must identify ways to keep pace. We must identify ways to meet the needs of middle level learners within this digital context. In this volume, researchers and teachers share a variety of resources centered on the growing world of virtual education and its implications for the middle level learner, educator, and classroom.
Publisher: Information Age
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The Politics of Writing Studies: Reinventing Our Universities from Below

Author: Robert Samuels
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A friendly critique of the field, The Politics of Writing Studies examines a set of recent pivotal texts in composition to show how writing scholarship, in an effort to improve disciplinary prestige and garner institutional resources, inadvertently reproduces structures of inequality within American higher education. Not only does this enable the exploitation of contingent faculty, but it also puts writing studies—a field that inherently challenges many institutional hierarchies—in a debased institutional position and at odds with itself.

Instead of aligning with the dominant paradigm of research universities, where research is privileged over teaching, theory over practice, the sciences over the humanities, and graduate education over undergraduate, writing studies should conceive itself in terms more often associated with labor. By identifying more profoundly as workers, as a collective in solidarity with contingent faculty, writing professionals can achieve solutions to the material problems that the field, in its best moments, wants to address. Ultimately, the change compositionists want to see in the university will not come from high theory or the social science research agenda; it must come from below.

Offering new insight into a complex issue, The Politics of Writing Studies will be of great interest to writing studies professionals, university administrators, and anyone interested in the political economy of education and the reform of institutions of higher education in America.

Publisher: Utah State University Press
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The Principal Coaching Model

Author: Larry Hausner
Abstract: The Principal Coaching Model: How to Plan, Design, and Implement a Successful Programbegins by taking its reader on a journey through evidence, acknowledging the position of principal is isolating which is negatively impacting student performance and their longevity on the job. However, there is an answer to this issue and it is principal coaching. This book is designed to give school districts and/or principals the justification and tools to implement a successful coaching model. 
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
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The Promise and Practice of Next Generation Assessment

Author: David T. Conley
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In The Promise and Practice of Next Generation Assessment, David T. Conley presents the case for a new, comprehensive system of assessment using different measurements for different purposes. Changes in the purposes of education, he argues, demand forms of assessment that go beyond merely ranking students to supporting the ambitious aim of helping all students meet career and college readiness goals.

Publisher: Harvard Education Press
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The Rise of the Human Digital Brain: How Multidirectional Thinking is Changing the Way We Learn

Author: Beatriz Pacheco
Abstract: The Rise of the Human Digital Brain: How Multidirectional Thinking is Changing the Way We Learn contains information about the history of education, the changes in the systems of education over the years, and the impact of technology on learning for 21st century students. It also contains the results of a unique study regarding the impact of iPad instruction on literacy attainment for struggling readers. The hope is that the information contained in this book will cause administrators, educators, parents, and developers of new technologies to take a moment to step back and envision a new model that will revolutionize education across the world.
Publisher: Information Age
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The Role of Leadership Educators: Transforming Learning

Author: Kathy L. Guthrie
Author: Daniel M. Jenkins
Abstract: Leadership, as a discipline, leadership education, as a field, and leadership educator, as a profession are still in their infancy and rapidly evolving. As professionals in higher education, we are constantly asked to provide opportunities for students to learn leadership, whether that is inside or outside of the classroom. However, very little, if any professional development occurs in how to create such learning opportunities. This book provides resources for leadership educators in three sections. The first section sets the stage for leadership education and the professional work of leadership educators, culminating with a variety of professional development resources for leadership educators. The second section introduces a leadership learning framework, provides characteristics and examples of strong leadership programs and assessment practices, and describes the transformative practice of leadership education. The third and final section offers specific instructional and assessment strategies ranging from discussion, case study, and reflection, to teambased and servicelearning to selfassessments, roleplay, simulation, and games, to fulfill learning outcomes.
Publisher: Information Age
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The Roots of Low Achievement: Where to Begin Altering Them

Author: Sandra Stotsky
Abstract: The chief purpose of this book is to explain how public education in this country became dysfunctional as a result of the education policies and programs funded by the federal government to address low academic achievement. It highlights student effort as a central factor in academic achievement, based on research noting its significance. Teachers and school administrators cannot make children ready for college or career by grade 12 if their parents do not make them ready for school learning by kindergarten or grade 1. 


Once both the schools and students’ parents together made students ready for membership in our civic culture. They learned they were politically equal to each other, with a shared civic identity, regardless of academic achievement. Yet, policy makers at USED and philanthropists in this country with a professed interest in the education of low achievers want low achievers to believe that their academic status is all that matters and that they haven’t succeeded academically because of bigoted teachers, administrators, and communities. Parent/school partnerships need to revive their community’s agreed-upon mission for public education if we are to alter the roots of low achievement in this country.
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
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The Science of the Obvious: Education's Repetitive Search for What's Already Known

Author: R. Barker Bausell
Abstract: This book poses and ultimately answers the question of whether the public schools would have been affected if no educational research had been conducted during this century. To answer this question, 12 genres of educational research are evaluated. The genres are accompanied by non-technical, annotated synopses examples of each. A case is made that the science of education as a whole is repetitive, non-cumulative, and is characterized by a circular rather than a linear trajectory.
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
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The SCOPUS Diaries and the (il)logics of Academic Survival

Author: Abel Polese
Abstract: This book is intended to help scholars to design and think strategically about their own career. Beginning with “How to get published in good journals,” it explores a number of questions that most academics encounter at various stages of their careers.
Publisher: ibidem-Verlag
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The State, Business and Education: Public-Private Partnerships Revisited

Editor: Gita Steiner-Khamsi
Editor: Alexandra Draxler
Abstract: The State, Business and Education contributes to the ongoing debates surrounding the effects of public funding of private entities by examining the ways in which they affect the quality and equity of those services, and the realization of human rights. Using case studies from both the developing and developed world this book illustrates the variety of ways in which private actors have expanded their involvement in education as a business.
Publisher: Edward Elgar Publishing
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The Struggle for Teacher Education: International Perspectives on Governance and Reforms

Editor: Tom Are Trippestad
Editor: Anja Swennen
Author: Tobias Werler
Abstract: Reform of teacher education is en vogue worldwide today due to the widespread belief that teacher education has the power to change traditional modes of schooling, educating new teachers who will be capable of improving the knowledge standard of children and boost the economic power of nations. The Struggle for Teacher Education brings together conceptual, comparative and empirical studies from Australia, England, Finland, The Netherlands, Norway, South Africa and South America to explore the ways in which professional education has been positioned in a reactive mode. The contributors discuss how teacher education is a contested division in higher education and look at how current reform efforts may limit the potential and work of teacher education, highlighting why this point needs more attention. Moreover, the collection reveals how teacher education's authorship on teacher professionalism may be weakened or strengthened by current reform drives and offers alternative models on how to rethink reforming teacher education.
Publisher: Bloomsbury
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The Textbook and the Lecture: Education in the Age of New Media

Author: Norm Friesen
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Why are the fundamentals of education apparently so little changed in our era of digital technology? Is their obstinate persistence evidence of resilience or obsolescence? Such questions can best be answered not by imagining an uncertain high-tech future, but by examining a well-documented past―a history of instruction and media that extends from Gilgamesh to Google. Norm Friesen looks to the combination and reconfiguration of oral, textual, and more recent media forms to understand the longevity of so many educational arrangements and practices.

Friesen examines the interrelationship of reading, writing, and pedagogy in the case of the lecture and the textbook―from their premodern to their postmodern incarnations. Over hundreds of years, these two forms have integrated textual, oral, and (more recently) digital media and connected them with changing pedagogical and cultural priorities. The Textbook and the Lecture opens new possibilities for understanding not only mediated pedagogical practices and their reform but also gradual changes in our conceptions of the knowing subject and of knowledge itself.

Drawing on wide-ranging scholarship in fields as diverse as media ecology and German-language media studies, Foucauldian historiography, and even archaeological research, The Textbook and the Lecture is a fascinating investigation of educational media.

Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
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The Trauma-Sensitive Classroom: Building Resilience with Compassionate Teaching

Author: Patricia Jennings
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Fully half the students in U.S. schools have experienced trauma, violence, or chronic stress. In the face of this epidemic, it falls increasingly to teachers to provide the adult support these students need to function in school. But most educators have received little training to prepare them for this role. Tish Jennings—an internationally recognized leader in the field of social and emotional learning—shares research and experiential knowledge about the practices that support students' healing, build their resilience, and foster compassion in the classroom.

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
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The World’s Highest-Scoring Students: How Their Nations Led Them to Excellence

Author: Hani Morgan
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The World’s Highest-Scoring Students focuses on how various countries transformed their school systems into the world’s leading systems of education. Hani Morgan covers eight countries: Finland, Singapore, Japan, South Korea, China, Canada, Estonia, and the United States. His book offers ideas on how the United States can improve its school system so that it can regain its status as the world’s undisputed leader in education. This book provides a balanced view of the highest-ranking nations in education, offering the outstanding practices they use to achieve stellar results but also pointing out the problems they endure. In addition, Morgan discusses various controversies about international tests, including the limitations of using these tests to evaluate students.

Publisher: Peter Lang Inc.
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The Years That Matter Most: How College Makes or Breaks Us

Author: Paul Tough
Abstract: Does college work? Does it provide real opportunity for young people who want to improve themselves and their prospects? Or is it simply a rigged game designed to protect the elites who have power and exclude everyone else?  For many of us, our doubts and resentments about higher education live side by side with an appreciation, even a yearning, for the life-changing personal transformation that a college education can provide. 
Publisher: Hougthon Mifflin Harcourt
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