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The Ideology of Education
The Ideology of Education (January 2003)
The Commonwealth, the Market, and America's Schools
Kevin B. Smith - Author

Explores the ideological underpinnings of school choice and other market-based education reforms.
Advocates of market-based education reforms (including such policies as choice, charters, vouchers, and outright privatization) argue that they represent ready solutions to clearly defined problems. Critics of market models, on the other hand, argue that these reforms misperceive the purposes of public education and threaten its democratic e...(Read More)
America Goes to College
America Goes to College (November 2002)
Political Theory for the Liberal Arts
John E. Seery - Author

Extols the virtue of small liberal arts colleges and the liberal arts tradition.

A rallying cry on behalf of a distinctly American institution of higher learning—the small liberal arts college—America Goes to College combines broad-based scholarship with personal narrative and reflection. In a highly entertaining manner, John E. Seery showcases the precarious successes of a well-rounded liberal arts c...(Read More)
Defining and Designing Multiculturalism
Defining and Designing Multiculturalism (November 2002)
One School System's Efforts
Pepi Leistyna - Author
Peter L. McLaren - Foreword by

An activist group works to bring a multicultural education program to an urban public school system.

Just outside a major urban center on the east coast of the United States an activist group struggled to create a system-wide multicultural education program. Through a seven-year qualitative study, Pepi Leistyna documents and interprets—via a critical pedagogical lens—this group’s work with professiona...(Read More)
Black Power in the Suburbs
Black Power in the Suburbs (October 2002)
The Myth or Reality of African American Suburban Political Incorporation
Valerie C. Johnson - Author

The first comprehensive study of African American suburban political empowerment.

The country’s largest concentration of African American suburban affluence represents a unique laboratory to study the internal factors associated with African American political ascendancy and the convergence of race and class. Black Power in the Suburbs chronicles Prince George’s County, Maryland, and the twenty-three...(Read More)
School as Community
School as Community (August 2002)
From Promise to Practice
Gail Furman - Editor

Addresses the question: How can school communities be created and sustained?

An increasingly important and appealing concept for school renewal is that of school as community. While community holds multiple promises for schools, little is known about the practice of community in schools. This collection furthers our understanding about the nature of school community, its practice in public schools, and the role of lea...(Read More)
Diversity, Multiculturalism and Social Justice
Diversity, Multiculturalism and Social Justice (August 2002)
Seth N. Asumah - Editor
Ibipo Johnston-Anumonwo - Editor

An interdisciplinary reader exploring issues related to diversity, multiculturalism, and social justice.

Diversity, Multiculturalism and Social Justice is a multidisciplinary reader for undergraduates taking courses in a wide variety of topics in Multicultural and Diversity Studies, International Studies, Minority and Ethnic Studies, Women’s Studies, African American Studies, African Studies, an...(Read More)
Doing Qualitative Research in Education Settings
Doing Qualitative Research in Education Settings (August 2002)
J. Amos Hatch - Author

A step-by-step guide to qualitative research in the field of education.

J. Amos Hatch offers a methods book that speaks directly to novice qualitative researchers in the field of education, providing a step-by-step guide to the development of a research project. Written in accessible language, the book emphasizes learning how to do qualitative work. Specific examples from real studies, using real data, and demonstrat...(Read More)
Rethinking Standards through Teacher Preparation Partnerships
Rethinking Standards through Teacher Preparation Partnerships (August 2002)
Gary A. Griffin - and Associates

Choice Outstanding Academic Title

Explores a particular educational reform effort, teacher preparation partnerships, with special attention to standards and assessment.

This book documents six exemplary teacher preparation programs participating in school-university partnerships in an effort to examine issues of standards in teacher education. It describes how attention to standards ha...(Read More)
Free Schools, Free People
Free Schools, Free People (July 2002)
Education and Democracy after the 1960s
Ronald J. Miller - Author

The first historical account of the free school movement of the 1960s.

This first historical account of the free school movement of the 1960s documents the formation of hundreds of small, independent schools across the United States that marked a turning point in American education. The book revisits and interprets the radical democratic educational vision behind those schools through the works of some of the authors o...(Read More)
Anti-Racist Scholarship
Anti-Racist Scholarship (March 2002)
An Advocacy
James Joseph Scheurich - Editor

Offers discussion and examples of how white scholars can use anti-racist scholarship as part of the long-term civil rights struggle to create real equality in the United States.

Most would agree that racism is a moral and spiritual violation of the human spirit and the human community and one of the most destructive social problems in the United States. In this thought-provoking and challenging book, Scheurich contend...(Read More)
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