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Redesigning Higher Education

Systemic Integration and Cluster-Based Learning

Donald L. Birx, Annette M. Holba and Patricia T. Bahr

Redesigning Higher Education: Systemic Integration and Cluster-Based Learning tells the story of ongoing change and transformation at Plymouth State University during challenging demographic and financial times in higher education. With many institutions merging or closing across the nation, Plymouth State University’s fifteenth president brought a vision for organizational transformation grounded in holistic integration with student-centered decision-making. The transformation began with reorganizing twenty-four academic departments and three colleges into seven Integrated Clusters of discipline-based communities. Redesigning Higher Education uses a storytelling narrative approach to provide a practical application of the radical changes meant to transform the higher education experience.

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Iwona Zamkowska

Nearly a third of religious liberty cases decided by the U.S. Supreme Court addressed religion and education. Numbers that high, the problem definitely deserves consideration of international public. What were the main forces that shaped religious liberty in public education in one of its most formative periods? Did the introduction of religious liberty legal framework in public schools advance religious liberty of students as independent autonomous actors? The author discusses this cultural problem from a broad and complex perspective: both internationally recognized theory of a child’s religious freedom rights and the American models of religious liberty. To cover a wide spectrum of viewpoints, she analyses a broad selection of documents, from state and NGO publications to media coverage.

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Raising Resilient Children

Parents and Teachers Working in Partnership to Empower the Children in Our Lives

Kelly Cleeve

Raising Resilient Children: Parents and Teachers Working in Partnership to Empower the Children in Our Lives provides tips that you can use in your daily interactions with children to create an environment in which children will thrive. We all want to raise good children, children who are kind, smart and well prepared to become adults in an increasingly complicated world. The best predictor of a child’s future success is their level of resilience, their ability to overcome challenge. Yet, this skill set has been largely ignored in the past. Teachers and parents are the greatest influences on a child’s mindset and if we work together to foster resilience in our children, their potential for happiness and success increases exponentially. If you are a teacher, looking for practical classroom tips to increase emotional intelligence and self-regulation, this book is for you. If you are a parent, in search of ideas for how to elevate your child’s mental well-being, this book is for you too.

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Maria Simml

In Bayern wurden aufgrund des raschen Zuzugs von (Flucht-)Migranten Berufsintegrationsklassen (BIK) an Berufsschulen eingeführt. Verbunden damit stehen die Lehrkräfte vor vielen neuen Herausforderungen. Die vorliegende Forschungsarbeit geht den Fragen nach, welche Auswirkungen diese Anforderungen und Rahmenbedingungen auf das Belastungserleben der BIK-Lehrkräfte haben und welche Ressourcen dabei zur Bewältigung der Arbeit helfen. Die methodische Herangehensweise der Datenerhebung erfolgt anhand eines Fragebogens und Leitfadeninterviews mit BIK-Lehrkräften. Auf Basis dieser Datengrundlage wird anhand Fallvergleichen der Frage nachgegangen, warum sich Personen mit gleichen Arbeitsanforderungen in ihrem arbeitsbezogenem Belastungserleben unterscheiden.


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Betriebliche Weiterbildung und Migrationshintergrund

Analysen zur Teilnahme an Weiterbildung auf Basis der Daten des Nationalen Bildungspanels


Sara Reiter

Die betriebliche Weiterbildung ist ein wichtiger Bestandteil des Lebenslangen Lernens. Zugleich ist sie durch eine hohe soziale Selektivität geprägt. Vor diesem Hintergrund untersucht die Studie auf Grundlage der Daten des Nationalen Bildungspanels Unterschiede in der Teilnahme an betrieblicher Weiterbildung zwischen Personen mit und ohne Migrationshintergrund. Durch eine differenzierte Betrachtung von Personen mit Migrationshintergrund u.a. nach Generationsstatus kann gezeigt werden, dass keine generelle Benachteiligung in der betrieblichen Weiterbildung für diese Personen besteht. Empirisch beobachtete Nachteile gegenüber Personen ohne Migrationshintergrund hängen vielmehr von migrationsspezifischen Voraussetzungen sowie weiteren individuellen und arbeitsmarktstrukturellen Faktoren ab.

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Indigenous Epistemology

Descent into the Womb of Decolonized Research Methodologies

Marva McClean and Marcus Waters

Indigenous Epistemology problematizes the self-reflexive inquiry between two researchers engaged in transnational collaboration that asserts experiential pedagogy as a tool to decolonize research methodology and honor the inter-generational stories that empower Indigenous people across the globe. The authors demonstrate the direct connection between Black Lives Matter, SOSBlakAustralia and the Maroons of Jamaica as examples of contemporary Indigenous people disrupting hegemony through agentive action that inspires global awareness and pushes for systemic change. In elevating the critical epistemologies of the ancient cultures of the Aboriginals of Australia and the African Diaspora, the authors assert that the legacies and current operations of colonialism must be disrupted and replaced with an emancipatory epistemology.

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What's Race Got To Do With It?

How Current School Reform Policy Maintains Racial and Economic Inequality. Second Edition


Edited by Edwin Mayorga, Ujju Aggarwal and Bree Picower

At the time that the first edition of What’s Race Got to Do with It was published (2015), many on the left were struggling to both fight back neoliberal education reforms—such as charter schools, school closings, high-stakes testing—understand how these reforms were defined, and how they circulated through the entanglements of race and class. In the years since, we have seen the accelerated growth of social movements push back against this logic. The steady and grounded work of those fighting back neoliberal education reform has increased the visibility and critique of privatization, market-based reforms, and segregation; demonstrating the interlocking connections between racism and capitalism. We have also seen the election of Donald Trump to the office of U.S. President and the appointment of Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education, signaling an intensified attack on public education (alongside other public infrastructures) and a return to "racism as we knew it." As neoliberal multicultural reforms that defined the Obama administration are rolled back, this new edition of What’s Race considers how we might sharpen our analysis concerning what we are working to defend and what we are working to transform. Each chapter author tracks the changes and continuities of recent years, revealing the ways in which market-driven education reforms work with and through race, and sharing grassroots stories of resistance to these reforms. We hope that this book will continue to provide readers with a guide to action that emboldens our struggles for justice.

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Thomas P. Crumpler and Lara J. Handsfield

Previous scholars have investigated aspects of the complexity of teacher identity and demonstrated the need to look beyond skills and generalized "best practices" to consider social processes and power relationships. However, few books focus on teacher identities at both the micro and macro levels. In this timely book, the authors argue that teacher identity awareness is crucial for both preservice and in-service teachers who desire deeper knowledge about the role of identities in effective instruction. The Complex Development of Preservice and Inservice Teacher Identities breaks new theoretical ground in understanding teacher identities by bringing a process drama lens to bear on development at the macro and micro levels. Process drama uses dramatic structures such as teacher in role, students in role, tableau and others to activate imaginations and explore interpretive possibilities. Through this lens Crumpler and Handsfield show how teacher identities are performed, reproduced, and how they may shift at the micro level—in everyday discourse and classroom practices—across a span of two years. Two years of data are analyzed using micro-ethnographic discourse analysis to demonstrate how teachers tactically position themselves to navigate current political discourses of accountability and standardization in both pre-service and in-service contexts. Understanding how identities are constructed, evolve, and shift moment-by-moment is essential for programs striving to prepare successful teachers and for schools providing meaningful professional development for in-service teachers.

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Inquiry in Tandem

Student and Teacher Learning in Secondary Schools

Christine D. Clayton and James F. Kilbane, Jr.

Inquiry in Tandem explores how engaging in teacher and student inquiry simultaneously impacts teacher practice and student learning in powerful ways.  With a focus on secondary schools and all content areas we encourage inquiry because it is good practice. Teachers and students are active doers and thinkers who ask questions, seek information, and develop thoughtful responses. This book presents a model of professional development that fosters this type of deep learning by teachers and students.

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Teach For All Counter-Narratives

International Perspectives on a Global Reform Movement

Edited by T. Jameson Brewer, Kathleen deMarrais and Kelly L. McFaden

Founded in 1989, Teach For America (TFA) has grown into a massive organization with a presence across the United States and expanded internationally to 46 countries. TFA’s international expansion through Teach For All (TFAll) coincides with a broader exportation of neoliberal education reform ideologies across the globe. As a follow up to Teach For America Counter-Narratives: Alumni Speak Up and Speak Out (Peter Lang, 2015), this text is the first to provide a glimpse into the first-hand experiences of those impacted by the colonizing nature of TFAll and the global education reform movement of privatization.