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Leap into Action

Critical Performative Pedagogies in Art & Design Education

Edited by Lee Campbell

Leap into Action asks: "What happens when performative arts meet pedagogy?" and views performative teaching as building students’ understanding of complex ideas and concepts "through action." It provides the theoretical, philosophical, and conceptual terrain by setting forth the scholarly rationale as to what performative pedagogy is at this moment across Art & Design education. Contributions are made from individuals and groups across art and design disciplines who deploy innovative pedagogic approaches with an emphasis on performativity. To underline that Art & Design does not only happen within the institution, Leap into Action provides rich intertextual material that draws upon the experiences of practitioners. Leap into Action is intended to prompt new angles from which to examine one’s practice including and beyond pedagogy, mainly in terms of art, design and performance, and disciplines further afield. Whilst Leap into Action engages with performative pedagogies through disruptions, interruptions, tricksters, liminalities, affective bodies, sensory encounters, and technoparticipation, it calls into question what risk-taking means in an arts school context and the tension (even paradox) that exists between wanting to create a safe, welcoming, and inclusive environment and provoking students out of their comfort zones through experimental performative pedagogy and playfulness. Whilst engagement with performative strategies may be a ‘risky’ strategy, the rewards can be great. Enter the unknown, take a leap into action, and have fun.
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Redesigning Higher Education

A Small New England Public University Changes Higher Education

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

Redesigning Higher Education: A Small New England Public University Changes Higher Education tells the story of how Plymouth State University (New Hampshire), a small New England public university, is changing the face and future of higher education for the 21st century. This is the Plymouth Experiment. The authors highlight 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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Renewing the Church-State Partnership for Catholic Education

Engaging with the Challenge of Academisation

Margaret Buck

In light of changes to the English national educational policy context since the Academies Act 2010, this book examines the relationship between the Catholic Church and the English State with regard to the provision of education in diocesan Catholic schools. The author proposes why, where, and how this partnership should be modified and reinforced in order that the needs of children learning and growing to maturity in Catholic schools, the mission of the church and the common good of society can be addressed. This book, which is not simply about academisation, should be of interest to bishops, diocesan officers, senior leaders and teachers in Catholic schools and academies, directors and governors of the same, as well as many others with a professional or personal interest in English Catholic education. The aim is to put Christ at the centre and children first when envisioning the preferred future for Catholic education in a post-Brexit world.

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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

The first edition of What’s Race Got to Do With It (2015) addressed a moment when those working on the ground—activists, educators, young people, and families—were trying to understand and fight back against neoliberal education reforms (e.g., high stakes testing, school closings, and charter schools), while uncovering what race had to do with it all in the context of a supposedly post-racial United States. In the years since, the steady and grounded work of social movements has increased the visibility and critique of privatization, market-based reforms, and segregation; demonstrating the interlocking connections between racism and capitalism. In this period we have also seen an intensified attack on public education (alongside other public infrastructures) and a return to a more overt "racism as we knew it." This new edition of What’s Race continues the examination of neoliberal education reforms as they are being rolled back (or reworked) to track the changes and continuities of recent years—revealing the ways in which market-driven education reforms work with and through race—and share grassroots stories of resistance to these reforms. It is hoped that this new edition will continue to sharpen readers’ analyses concerning what we are working to defend and what we are working to transform, and provides a guide to action that emboldens the collective struggle 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.